A Parent’s Guide To High Chairs
We know that many of you are ecstatic but are still unfamiliar as to when can a baby sit in highchair. The answer is simple although there are several things that you should know about it in relation to your baby’s bodily development.
Since expert advice is sometimes confusing, and not all babies follow the same development timeline, having a good grasp on your baby’s development is a must.
This article will show you several physical indications that your baby is ready for the high chair as well as various considerations before getting one. Here are some questions to consider when determining whether it’s the right time for your baby to use the high chair.
At what age can your baby use the high chair?
Normally, babies develop basic motor skills at the age of 3 months and are able to use their bodies to roll around, sit, and stand with your support. Furthermore, the indicated average age for sitting without support is at 6 months old, but manufacturers recommend using the high chair as early as 4 months.
What are the benefits of using the high chair by that time?
According to a university research on child development, environment plays a key role in a child’s motor development. As such, using the high chair to provide support and assist babies 4 to 6 months old is a significant boost to the process.
What other factors can help my baby sit on the high chair?
Maternal education, in terms of continual assistance and establishing a learning environment, is also a significant factor in helping babies develop their motor skills.
If the baby cannot sit up on his own at 4 months old, can I still make him use the high chair?
Numerous factors can affect a baby’s motor skills development. As such, there is no single timeline wherein babies learn to do certain movements or stay in a particular posture for a period of time.
Nonetheless, you can let your baby use the high chair so long as they start to show signs of abilities of sitting up. Still, it is safer that you consult your pediatrician to know the current development phase of your baby before using a high chair.
When can the baby use a high chair when feeding?
After breast milk and baby food, solid food is next on the menu. As soon as your baby expresses interest in eating solid food, you can let them sit on the high chair.
What are reclining high chairs and booster chairs?
Reclining high chairs are useful for easy transition between activities such as bottle feeding and sleeping among babies below 4 months old. However, since the reclined seat is a choking hazard, it is best to transfer to a non-reclining high chair as soon as your baby starts eating solid food.
Booster chair, on the other hand, helps elevate children 3-6 years old to the level of the table. However, since there are no straps on this chair, you must ensure that your child is ready to sit unassisted.
Any tips before starting to have the baby sitting on a high chair?
Pediatricians advise that you start having a baby sit on the high chair a week before feeding him solid food; in this way, you can condition and encourage your baby to be comfortable sitting on the high chair.
You can also place toys and baby utensils on the tray to help him adjust to the high chair easily. This will enable him to familiarize with his new environment and avoid the likelihood of tantrums occurring.
What are the basic qualities to look for in a high chair?
Some expensive high chairs have a soft cushion seat with a safety harness and a tray with several designated spots for solid food and water; there are also cheaper ones made of a single plastic mold. Either way, the basic features must ensure comfort and support to your baby until he learns to have full control of his body.
Regardless of the standard features, your baby may not fit and might feel uncomfortable with the high chair. Thus, you must first have a list of considerations before getting a high chair.
- First of all, the high chair must be easy to use. Since your baby is on his first steps, the tray on the high chair must be accessible enough.
- Second, the high chair must be comfortable. The ones with cushions and pads usually give the best comfort and support.
- Third, it must also be easy to clean, which means that it must have a disposable tray feature and has no crevices on the seat. Not to mention that it must be certified by the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association.
Are there other high chairs made with more durable materials?
If you are not comfortable with the plastic high chair, there are some which are made of wood. Wooden high chairs however, unlike the popular commercial ones, may not provide the lightweight construction and adjustable features that are necessary to move it around safely and easily.
Any safety tips for new parents who want to use a high chair for their babies?
Even when a high chair is JPMA certified, accidents do happens especially when you do not practice the “safety first” attitude.
Basically, there are three main safety tips for parents in using the high chair for their babies:
- Always use the restraint system on the high chair
- Never leave the baby unattended while on the high chair
- Make sure that they are on an open space, away from walls and counters where they can use their feet to push the high chair.
Following these three simple tips and taking full advantage of the built-in safety features of the high chair can ensure the hazard-free experience for your baby.
Ultimately, there is no hard and fast rule on when can a baby sit in highchair. However, following the recommended age accordingly, combined with your assessment of your child’s development, will help you decide better on the matter.