Your baby’s high chair is “The Best Seat in the House”, where he or she embarks upon a life filled with mealtime adventures. But even after spoon-feedings are no longer necessary and your child is able to pile in food all by themselves, the mess they make definitely won’t stop (if anything, it gets worse). That’s why a quality high chair is so important, and why a resource like HighChairs.com is so valuable.
Our goal is to provide our visitors with unbiased, honest information about all the products we feature. At HighChairs.com you don’t just shop – you receive an education. There are many choices a parent can make when choosing the right high chair, and we’re here to help you make the right one. HighChairs.com is the educated shopper’s resource for information on a wide range of trusted brands and quality child care products, including Stokke High Chairs, Graco High Chairs, and many, many more.
High Chair Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many different types of High Chairs are there?
A: Five: Standard high chairs, Wooden high chairs, Restaurant high chairs, Booster high chairs, and Travel Friendly high chairs.
Standard: Typically plastic framed, some degree of collapsibility, a removable tray, and a padded seat.
Wooden: Most wood chairs are of a solid construction and do not collapse. Wood chairs have a number of advantages in both the aesthetic and ease-of-cleaning departments. Certain wooden high chairs can be used as adult seats after their term as a highchair has expired.
Restaurant: These durable chairs are sub-divided into two categories, Portable and Commercial. Portable chairs are the type that are easy to transport and either hang from a chair or attach to the table itself (See Travel Friendly). Commercial restaurant chairs are tough: designed to get constant use and abuse. Thanks to their durable construction and stack-ability, the Lipper High Chair is one of the most commonly used Commercial restaurant high chairs. You’ll find them stacked in the corners of restaurants all over North America.
Boosters: Typically built of a solid or hollow plastic material, a booster seat is appropriate for children 3 or over who no longer require a harness at mealtime. Some boosters, such as the Bumbo Booster Seat, are of soft materials and are designed to snugly secure your child while they sit. The Kaboost Chair Booster actually raises a normal dining chair by sitting under the chair’s legs.
Travel Friendly: These are light hook-on chairs that attach to a chair or the table itself. These are ideal for families who travel and eat out frequently, often utilizing cloth or vinyl seats that are very comfortable.
Q: What is a Convertible high chair?
A: A high chair that converts to another function, such as a booster seat. Some convert to a youth chair or even an adult chair after the need for the high chair has passed. The Boon Flair become a youth chair for older children once you remove the tray. Another definition of a convertible high chair is any high chair that can safely support an adult. The Stokke Tripp Trapp works as an adult chair, supporting persons weighing 300 lbs or more.
Q: Do I need a high chair that reclines?
A: No, but they can be useful if you plan to use your high chair with an infant.
Basically, a reclining seat allows you to use your high chair with an infant, bringing them to the table earlier. Reclining chairs serve two basic purposes: 1) Assistance with bottle feeding, 2) Comfortable sleeping. A child eating solid foods should not be fed in a reclined seat, as it may pose a choking hazard. Some kids pass out a minute or two after being fed, if not right in the middle of it. If your child is comfortable in their high chair, you can drop the seat back into a reclined position so that they can sleep more comfortably.
Q: Which High Chair is Better: Wood, or Metal and Plastic?
A: There are pros and cons to every material used in the construction of juvenile products. We’ll tell you the differences, but after that you’re on your own.
The majority of high chairs are constructed of plastic components mounted on a metal frame with a cushioned seat. Cushions are either
PVC (i.e. vinyl) or cloth material. Metal and plastic highchairs typically fold and can be more easily stored than static wood chairs that take up more space, though certain wood models, such as the Kettler Madison, also fold. Most metal and plastic chairs are lighter and more versatile, offering multiple adjustment settings and recline options for infants. Some parents are uncomfortable with using non-organic products with their children, or prefer the style of a wood chair. In addition wooden chairs are, on average, more expensive.
100% wood chairs are nicer to look at and built to last, but most don’t come standard with cushions. If you consider a cushion a necessity, many have cushions available as accessories. Certain wood high chairs, such as Svan and Rochelle, have a removable plastic tray cover. This can be invaluable during cleanup, and preserves the quality of the chair’s feeding tray. The advantage of a plastic tray is that you can remove and rinse the tray after a messy meal, or put the tray in the dishwasher. Wood chairs wipe clean very easily, but can wear after extended periods of use. By extended. we mean generations of use. Well cared-for wood high chairs can become a family heirloom and passed along to relatives and friends as needed. Many wood high chairs now offer adjustable seats, and can grow with your child, but they generally offer fewer features and take up a lot more space.
Wood high chairs are often more sustainable than plastic high chairs. Wooden high chairs also use fewer chemicals. You won’t find BPA or phthalates here! And because wooden high chairs last for generations, they don’t create as much waste as plastic high chairs.
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