Why you need a high chair for your child
A high chair is the best way to combine safety with practicality when providing a proper place for your little one to eat. Usually, high chairs have safety bars and belts to ensure that the baby is safe in the chair and to keep the baby in place during the meal. Besides, you can all eat together as a family.
Another big benefit of having a baby chair with a removable tray is the fact that babies can be fed by someone, but they can also feed themselves and explore food on their own, through their senses. Exploration is essential for a young child.
Most high chairs come with a removable feeding tray, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning the tablecloth, the table, or the surrounding area after the baby has finished eating. Time management suddenly becomes more important once you become a parent. The fact that you can clean a small removable tray instead of cleaning the whole room makes a huge difference. Some trays are even dishwasher-safe. You’ll find such options and many more at vidaXL.
A high chair also comes in handy if you want to keep the baby busy playing for a couple of minutes. Make sure you fasten the safety harness. Of course, you should always keep an eye on your little one even if it’s just for 5 minutes.
What to look for when buying a high chair
Now you know that the benefits of baby high chairs are numerous. But what does the ideal baby chair look like? Your child is probably going to use it daily, so let’s list the essential boxes it should tick:
One thing is for sure. Whatever model you’re buying, you need to look for safety features. From the safety harness and safety bar to tilt-proof safety, make sure the chair you’re buying will keep the baby from climbing out of it or falling. Stability is equally important. You might also want to consider investing in an ergonomically designed high chair. At vidaXL we carry a variety of high chairs with different safety features, including chairs with 5-point safety belts.
Other functional features
Functionality is just as important as safety. First of all, the chair should be easy to assemble. It should have a feeding tray included if you don't plan to sit the baby at the table with everyone else from the beginning. If you want both options available, look for a baby highchair with a removable tray instead of one with a fixed tray.
Ask yourself if you want to be able to adjust the baby chair to a standard dining table or a children's table. Would it be useful to have an extra large tray or a regular one would do the trick? Also, do you want it to have height-adjustable feet and seat support so it can grow along with the baby? By asking yourself these questions, you'll get closer to figuring out potentially useful features you'd like the baby chair to have.
Before buying a new highchair for your baby, ensure you have the proper space for it. The seat size and height, footrest size and height, and removable tray size may also prove to be relevant. You can always go for a height-adjustable seat and footrest.
Some parents prefer wooden baby high chairs while others go for beech or plastic. Sure, a wooden chair is sturdier, but a plastic one is going to be lighter and easier to move around. Plastic chairs are also a better choice when it comes to space-saving. You need to decide what’s more important.
When to start using a high chair
You’ll know when it's time for a highchair because your little one will need it for eating solid foods. That usually happens when the baby is 6 months old. Once babies start sitting on their own, they’re also ready to sit in a high chair. The chair is actually good for support, but only if the baby is already sitting on his own.
When to replace the high chair with a booster seat
The transition from highchairs to booster seats should come naturally. There is no specific age to keep in mind. The right time to think about permanently switching to a booster seat is when your little one is ready to sit with everyone else and eat at the dining table. This may vary as a child grows and develops at his own pace. At vidaXL, we carry booster seats suitable for babies from 6 to 48 months. However, make sure you check the specifications for the maximum weight limit.
You can always buy a booster seat from the beginning and skip investing in a high chair, especially if you live in a small apartment or home. A booster seat is more practical than a baby highchair. Especially if your child is a little climber. With a booster, you can bring the child up to the table to be a part of every family meal while keeping an eye on him.
Not only can you use it at home, but you can also take it with you on family trips or when you're visiting friends. You could even take it with you to the restaurant. It takes up so little space that it could easily fit in a bag. Since it’s smaller, it’s also easier to remove and store.
For safety reasons, if you want to attach your booster seat to a dining chair, choose a sturdy one. We don't recommend strapping a booster seat to a folding chair. Some booster seat models can be used on the floor as well.
Explore our collection of high chairs and booster seats
Get inspired by our selection of high chairs and boosters and pick your favourite type. Do you like travelling with your little one? We even have options for little travelers. A lightweight travel booster seat can be your best friend when going on vacation with a baby. On our webshop, you’ll find booster seats that feature hidden storage compartments for diapers and bottles, if that’s something you’re interested in.
At vidaXL, you can also buy highchair accessories separately. From removable feeding trays to chest bars and high chair leg extenders for different table heights, you’ll find a variety of accessories that go with our high chairs. We even carry baby bouncer add-ons for high chairs. Or maybe you’re looking for a comfortable plush armchair for your little one to use in the playroom or bedroom.
Regardless of your needs, we've got the right baby and toddler furniture for you and your child, from high chairs and boosters to changing tables, cots, and toddler beds, it’s all available at vidaXL!
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Material: Wooden high chairs