How to Pick the Right High Chair for Baby
& Why that Matters
This article summarizes how you can set your baby or toddler up for success when they are eating. Spoiler alert, the best high chair for baby may not be the priciest option, but it’s how you adjust it to fit your baby. So, I guess that’s good news! Read on to learn how to set up your family for feeding success.
How your baby sits matters
Did you know that how a child sits at the table can affect how well they eat? Probably not! First up, we want you to know it is safer for your baby to be fully supported in a chair. In addition to that, positioning supports your baby to learn how to eat better! This is important through toddlerhood!
Turns out, not all chairs are the same, and if you want your kid to have the best shot at eating it does make a difference what you feed them in. So how do you figure that out?
Here are the common mistakes
Next, let’s talk about where families go wrong. Here are 3 checks we want you to watch for, at any age.
- You want to check for enough support on the sides so your baby feels secure and does not fall sideways. They should not sag over.
- Little ones must have a place for their feet to sit flat. This is the big one that a lot of chairs don’t do. In some chairs, kids sit up high and dangle their feet. This adds an extra challenge to eating, baby must engage their core and eat. Remember, it is hard work to multitask when you’re a baby!
- Your little one’s knees should be at a 90 degree angle. Ideally a chair with a movable foot rest or enough space to hack it.
Now that your baby is in the seat, what should you check?
- Check for proper hip support. You can use a towel if your baby is still not sitting fully unsupported and the chair doesn’t hug the hips. Ideally, baby should be able to lean a bit forward in the chair and not slouch back.
- Secure baby with the safety straps
- The feet are flat on the footrest. If you can move the footrest, great! If not, attach a box to the footrest and use it to prop your kids feet on it.
- The tray or table should be right below your baby’s breastbone. Sitting too low? Use a towel or something else to prop them up. This way baby can reach and grab food on their tray or table easily!
- Some experts recommend taking anti slip mats and putting them on your babies seat and footrest. This keeps them in one place and helps stabilize them for eating!
Our favorite high chairs for baby:
7 ways to grow with this one.
This one is the fan fave here at Fooblie.
Perfect if counter to table height adjustments matter.
This one converts for a fraction of the price. Yaaas!
Lower price than Stokke but just as nice.
Watch out for…
- Seats that do not have foot rests. (Like the Ikea one! But, you can hack like this mama.)
- Seats that do not allow for the hips to be at 90 degrees.
- Travel or counter seats are OK for here and there, but not every day. This is because you want baby’s feet secure.
- Cleaning! Feeding baby is one of the messiest things you will ever do. Make sure you’re comfortable taking the pieces apart to rinse or do a good wipe down.
Want more support?
If you’ve like to make an appointment with a Fooblie Coach to check out your high chair for baby, we are here to help you feel confident when you feed your little ones. That includes a high chair consult!
Want to read more about starting solids? We’ve got you with the best (free) doc-approved guide you will ever find!
You are not alone! You’ve got this!