From 6 months, if the baby keeps sitting without help, you can use a high chair. There are many different types of chairs with a multitude of features that enhance its usefulness. Apart from the design, learn how to use them correctly is essential for your child’s safety.
The universe of the high chairs for babies is really wide, and is full of types, models and details, which can convert the High Chair in a simple or sophisticated, practical product or design, punctual to cover the stage of the development of the baby, or long-lasting because it can change and grow with the child.
The use of the high chair – recommended from 6 months, provided that the small already are sitting without support – can be extended up to three years of age in the case of the fixed or folding chairs, although the convertible high chairs and the evolutionary are designed for continuing use during other stages of the child’s development.
When buying a high chair, it is very important to choose a model that is secure and compliant with the regulations in the field of child safety that the CE mark.
Types of highchairs for babies: advantages and disadvantages
These are the types of high chairs available in the market, with the advantages and disadvantages that presents each of them:
They are the traditional ones; to this group belong the Basic chairs that have a default height of seat that can not up or down and has a removable, very practical, tray that allows the child to share the table with the Popes.
Advantages: they are easy to handle, comfortable for baby and parents, and very safe and affordable. They are easy to clean when the seat is made of plastic materials.
Disadvantages: when the child grows not they can be reused.
Folding high chairs
They are also known as chairs of Scissor-adjustable Chair. Let you recline the backrest in various positions and adjusting the seat height. They incorporate wheels to easily move them, and fold flat so they take up little space when not in use.
Advantages: ideal for families with problems of space by its folding system. They are comfortable, since they have padded seats, and thanks to its reclining seat are recommended for children who are slow to eat. They can move easily through the House thanks to the wheels, and are light and easy to transport to be manufactured in aluminium.
Disadvantages: they are recommended only up to 3 years of age. Your price is higher than that of the fixed chairs.
They can regulate different positions for the backrest and height to feed the child. They enjoy modern designs, and can accompany the child at different stages of development. They tend to be made of wood.
Advantages: when they cease to be used as a high chair are still useful, since they become a Chair.
Disadvantages: seats something are more uncomfortable for the child and are somewhat more unsafe if they are not correctly adjusted. Its price is high, but they also last longer.
Convertible high chairs
Practical are because they still have life when they no longer used as a high chair. From the aesthetic point of view they are unattractive.
Advantages: they become Chair and table for children aged 3-6.
Disadvantages: the seats can are little comfortable for the child.
Inflatable chairs or elevators
They consist of a seat with a harness that fits over a conventional seat so that the child can reach the table.
Advantages: are very practices on vacation to carry travel, or to go with the child to restaurants. They are light, not weigh almost nothing, and do not occupy space when they are deflated. They include complementing changer travel and bag to transport them.
Disadvantages: they are not recommended for daily use, since they are too soft.
Dockable high chairs at the table
These chairs are considered travel as the inflatable chairs, but differ in that the seat incorporates a metallic structure with adapters that fits a table.
Advantages: they allow the child to participate family meal with parents.
Disadvantages: they are indicated for children of very low weight, maximum 15 Kg. It is essential to make sure that the table can withstand the weight of the baby so it does not tip over. Not placed never in the wings of a table or tables of low weight, or on placemats that can destabilize the mooring.
Baby highchair must comply with current regulations
Before purchasing a highchair for your child, it is advisable to know the requirements to be met. The Organization of consumers and users (OCU) has produced a report which advises on the features that you must have a good high chair for children:
- Security. The High Chair should have a harness or a belt so the baby won’t fall. You must also have security locks in the tray, the height of the seat and wheels. Your design must have rounded edges, never edges or vertices, so the children do not damage. You must not have recessed parts where the child can catch a hand.
- Materials. The high chairs are made in metal, plastic or wood. Each of these materials offers a number of advantages: the metal are very resilient, and if they are aluminum also are very light; plastic, are strong, hygienic and light; and the wood are considered to be the strongest, but also the heaviest.
- Lightness. It increases the comfort to transport from one place to another easily. Take a look at have wheels to facilitate this work; two maximum.
- Removable tray. It is very hygienic, easy to clean, being and comfortable when we want that the child feels at the table with the rest of the family
- Adaptable to the growth of the baby. It serves to make the investment profitable. You can be much longer, first as Chair and then as seat.
- Reclining backrest. It allows the child to fall asleep after eating. Recommended also for children who are slow to eat and spend more time in the High Chair.
- Seat. It should be cosy, spacious and comfortable, for the child to feel comfortable as long as possible during your meals. Padded seats are the most comfortable, and those of plastic easier to clean than the fabric.
- Folding. The folding system should be practical and simple. Choose those that support vertical well so does not tip over easily.
Baby eating in his high chair
The greatest danger of the high chairs for babies are accidental falls that may occur when the baby is not secured by the harness or fails the berth while unattended. The safety of the chairs is very important, already used for a long period of time, from 6 months to 3 years of age and, in addition, are used not only to eat, but they are also used to play or stop the child sitting awhile.
Within the range of high chairs for children, AIJU, investigation of the industry’s toy Association, which deals with the safety of children’s products, distinguishes two types of chairs: the high chair that consists of an independent chair that raises the child to the approximate height of a dining table; and the Chair of table, which is a Chair that attaches to a table or other flat surface. Both are recommended for children aged between 6 months and 3 years of age, that they are able to sit alone, although in the case of the table chairs it is essential that the child does not exceed 15 Kg of weight.
The main risks associated with the high chairs include the misuse of the product, or a design that does not meet the minimum requirements of security. The high chairs high, conforming to the European regulation, shall be marked with EN 14988: 2006, while the table chairs, come tagged with the standard EN 1272: 1998. The rules applicable in the case of the high chairs aims to reduce accidents that children may suffer during normal use or reasonably foreseeable misuse of this product.
Safety tips for the high chairs
Falls of the high chairs can cause major injuries to the baby in the head or in any of his extremities. Occur when the restraint system is not used, or used poorly, and the children can leave the Chair. We must remember that children should be always supervised while in the high chair, since the retention system offers a false sense of confidence that can lead to small distractions of caregivers.
Insecure design is responsible for the fatal accidents of babies in the high chairs when they slip below the tray, to strangle. So this does not happen, the design of the Chair should be stable enough to avoid dropping the child Chair.
The research of the industry’s toy Association, AIJU, responsible for analyse, evaluate and examine the safety and suitability of the baby products warned that, although the safety of the products is checked in the test laboratories, when purchasing the article consumer can sense the degree of security that offers if you have in mind the following tips :
- To avoid that children are caught the fingers, the width of the openings should be less than 7 mm or 12 mm.
- All edges and visible corners should be rounded to prevent the risk of cuts or lacerations.
- If the Chair is foldable, it must have locking mechanisms that prevent that you fold when the child is sitting, or is placed in the high chair or removed from it.
- If the high chair is foldable, and to avoid the risk of a deployed incomplete, make sure that the weight of the child who uses the product acts against the movement of folding, or at least one of the locking mechanisms is activated automatically when the item is deployed for use.
- The design of the High Chair should prevent that child will slide forward out of the seat, for example with a belt and crotch strap or with an integral harness.
- If the backrest is reclining, the highchair must have an integral harness.
- The Chair must have arms or other side protection systems.
- The High Chair should take maximum two wheels.
The product of soil (high), according to the European norm, must be labelled at least with this information:
The manufacturer/importer brand
The standard UNE-EN 14988-1/2: 2006
ATTENTION. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILD UNATTENDED.
Safety tips for the table chairs
The table chairs leave practically suspended seat in the air and this is why they appear to be unsafe. To assess the level of security, AIJU laboratory subjected to the high chairs to hard evidence of resistance and fixing. For example, trona mounted for use must withstand a load of 40 Kg for 24 hours, though the chairs are intended for children up to 15 kg.
Regulations require that the products resist under the most unfavourable conditions such as, for example, boats of the child using the lugs of the high chair can be to another child who is about.
However, compliance with the European standard is not enough. The correct use of the article is key to the safety of the child who uses it, and follow these tips:
- Avoid using the High Chair’s table at tables covered with glass, tables with the top without setting, folding hinges, tables with a single pedestal tables, gaming tables or camping tables.
- The surface of support (table) must conform to the minimum and maximum thickness recommended by the manufacturer.
- Avoid the High Chair’s table where the child can push with your feet against a leg of the table, a Chair, or any other structure that would enable the high chair is escapes from the table.
- Do not place any Chair or stand under the highchair of table surface, since it could help that child to stand, with the consequent risk of falling.
- If the child cannot sit by itself, do not use the High Chair’s table.
- Make sure that table will not turn when the High Chair’s table is attached to it and the child inside.
- Do not use the High Chair’s table with fabrics or tablecloths that may interfere with the proper functioning of the anchoring elements. The structure of the table and the surface must be clean and dry.
- If the child weighs more than 15 Kg, do not use the High Chair’s table.
- Check the screws and suction cups on a routine basis before using the High Chair’s table.
- Do not use the High Chair’s table if it has lost some of its components, or if any of them is broken.
The high chair table, according to the European norm, must be labelled at least with this information:
The manufacturer/importer brand
The standard UNE-EN 1272:1998
VERY important: Never leave the child unattended.