How to choose the best high chair?
A high chair isn’t absolutely necessary when introducing complementary foods to babies but it can certainly be practical. I decided to ask Catherine Cusson, an occupational therapist to help guide us.
What are the top 3 criteria to look for when shopping for a high chair?
1) The high chair must place baby in a 90 degree angle in between his/her back and hips
Therefore we want to avoid all high chairs that slightly recline backwards like this one:
A high chair with foot support is much more comfortable for babies and ensures a better position. We love the Tripp Trapp chair by Stokke which can be used from starting complementary foods all the way throughout childhood.
2) It must have good back support
We want to choose a high chair with a seatback that’s higher than the top of the baby’s head. We want to avoid choosing booster seats like this one with a low seatback:
3) It must allow baby to have a 90 degree angle for his/her forearms
This way, your baby will have easier access to his/her foods on the tray. We want to avoid choosing high chairs with a tray that’s too high like this one:
Our favourite high chair is The Trip Trap chair by Stokke.
Why we love it:
- 90 angle in between your baby’s back and hips
- Great back support with a high enough seatback
- 90 angle for your baby’s forearms so easy access to food
- Removable tray so you can bring your baby directly at the table to eat
- Made in wood so easy to clean
- It’s beautiful and available in a large variety of colors
- Great for babies just starting out to eat until they are much older
- Excellent foot support so ensures an optimal position and is comfortable for your baby