A high chair is a must-have piece of baby furniture that is every bit as important as your baby crib. They allow you to bring your child safely to the table during mealtime so that he or she can take part in the family experience of eating. They also provide a safe place to keep baby occupied in the kitchen while you cook, clean, or perform other tasks.
There are, however, some vital bits of information regarding your baby and his or her high chair that you’ll want to be aware of as a parent. While high chairs are safe when used properly, failing to observe certain safety rules could result in serious injury. Here’s what you need to know:
- Consider the restraint belts non-optional. It can be tempting to rely on the feeding tray to keep baby secure in his or her high chair, but this is ill advised. Failing to restrain baby so that he or she cannot slip, slide, or otherwise wiggle out of the seat could put baby in a precariously dangerous situation. Straps or belts prevent baby from standing up in the chair, which means baby can’t get out until you decide it’s time to move.
- Don’t leave baby unattended. Even with proper restraints in place, unlikely situations have a way of happening when mom or dad isn’t in the immediate area. If you must leave the room, take your baby with you—especially if he or she is in the middle of enjoying a snack. Any type of food, no matter how soft, can be a choking hazard. Don’t risk it.
- Maintain a safe distance. High chairs should be located far enough away from other furniture that baby cannot touch anything else. A chair that is too close to a table, hutch, or countertop could be toppled over if baby pulls on the surrounding items.
For more baby furniture safety tips, or to find a safe and approved high chair, contact us at Baby Furniture Warehouse. Call (781) 670-3175 or stop by to see us today.