High Chair Safety
Here are some things to look for to be sure the high chair is safe for your baby:
- It should be sturdy, with a wide base so it won't tip easily.
- There should be a seatbelt with a crotch strap to go between baby's legs to keep him from sliding out.
- The tray should lock securely on both sides, with no sharp edges.
- Belt buckles and tray locks should be easy for you to use, but not easy for your baby to use.
- The seat should not be slippery. If it is, put rubber bathtub stickers on it so baby doesn't slide around.
Here are some guidelines for using a high chair:
- Always use the seatbelt and crotch strap.
- Make sure you lock the tray into place. Be sure baby's fingers are out of the way when you lock the tray.
- Keep the high chair at least 12 inches away from the counter or table when baby is in it. Baby could push off and tip over.
- Always watch baby closely when he is in the high chair. Some babies have slipped down between the leg straps and choked.
- DON'T let baby stand up in the high chair.
- And DON'T let other children climb on the high chair.