Does your little one want to sit at the table with you during dinner?
Are you tired of being unable to finish your food because you have to attend to your baby?
Having your baby sit in a high chair with you at the table will make your life less hectic, and you may be able to eat a hot meal for a change.
But, are they ready to sit in a high chair?
There is no set age to do this, but it depends mostly on what type of high chair you have and how ready your baby is.
In this post, we discuss the varieties of high chairs, signs your baby is ready to sit upright, and safety tips for transitioning to a high chair.
Choosing a High Chair
High chairs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. But to decide if a child is ready or not to use them, we will look into two different kinds:
Reclining High Chairs
Depending on your high chair style, your baby may be able to sit at the table with you sooner than later. With reclining high chairs, they could sit with you as early as a few weeks old.
Many parents want their baby in a high chair before they start eating solids, so they can watch their parents cook and eat. It also makes the babies feel like part of the family. Plus, it lets you get more stuff done. #MOMWIN
Traditional High Chairs
While some families like to have their baby in a high chair early, other families prefer to wait until they’re ready for solids. Remember, though, to never use the reclining position while feeding your baby.
If you do not a have a reclining high chair or you’re starting your baby on solid food, they should be able to sit up on their own.
If going straight to the upright position, you can use any traditional or space-saving high chair. Look for an easy to clean, durable, and stable one with a broad base. You’ll be using it for at least a few years, so try to find a comfortable one, both for you and your baby.
Safely Transitioning To A High Chair
Here are some general safety tips to follow when transitioning your little to a high chair:
- Never leave your baby unattended in the high chair.
- Fill out the registration and know the make and model number of yours in case of a safety recall.
- Be sure you and any other caretaker are comfortable using the high chair before putting your baby in it for the first time. Know how the locking mechanism works, how the straps adjust and lock, how the tray comes on and off, and how to fold and unfold it (if it folds).
- Scan it before each use to check for any damages, make sure the cover is still intact, and the high chair is secure.
- At mealtimes, place your baby close enough to see, and where they feel part of the party, but far away enough from the table to avoid reaching for any sharp, hot, or glass objects.
- Always use a 5 point harness if your baby cannot sit up on their own. Use safety straps with any high chair or booster seat.
- Let your baby become comfortable with the high chair a few weeks before you start solids.
- Make sure you and baby are ready for the transition.
Choose What Works For You
If your baby cries throughout dinner and wants to be at the table with you, it may be wise to invest in a reclining high chair early on. It will make your life less hectic, as they can play happily in their high chair while you cook, clean and eat.
When starting your baby on solids, always be sure they are upright while they eat; never use the reclining position. However, if you choose to wait until they can sit up with little to no support, then any traditional or space-saving high chair will fit your needs.
To use high chairs safely, you and any other caretakers should know how they work, always make sure they’re intact before each use, and never leave your baby unattended.
When did you transition to a high chair? Comment below and let us know how you knew your baby was ready to sit at the table. Be sure to share this post with all of your new mom friends.