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Furniture for Feeding your Baby

High chairs come in many different styles that fit various homes and contexts. As your baby grows, he can sit at the table on a regular chair with a booster seat or a chair harness. A high-chair mat under his chair helps control the mess.

Standard High Chairs   

One-time purchase

Age needed: 6 months

standard high chairsA baby high chair provides an elevated, safe space for you to feed your baby when he starts eating solids, around six months of age. Many high chairs offer safety options such as convertible harnesses and locking wheels to provide added stability. Some other features available are 4-in-1 systems so that the high chair can be used longer. The system works as a high chair, infant feeding booster, toddler booster, and youth chair. Some have an infant head and body support that keeps your baby in a comfortable position for feeding. Chairs have different height positions and reclining levels to help adjust your baby as he grows.

Function: Provides elevated seating to feed your baby

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Converting 4-in-1 systems
  • Convertible 3-and 5-point harness secures your baby
  • Different height positions and reclining levels
  • Removable, dishwasher-safe tray, pull-out insert makes cleanup quick and easy
  • Machine washable
  • Infant head and body support
  • Front wheels and locking rear casters provide stability by keeping chair in place during meals
European-style High Chairs

One-time purchase

Age needed: 6 months

European-style high chairsEuropean-style high chairs are tray-less and generally do not have wheels. Most fit under the edge of standard dining tables, allowing your baby to sit at the dining table with you. Your baby can use European-style high chairs once they are able to sit well unassisted, around nine months.

Function: Provides safe elevation for your baby. Avoids the bulky design of the standard high chair and allows your baby to sit with you at the table

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Your baby must be able to sit well unassisted
  • Fits under the edge of most standard tables
  • Safety strap holds baby in place while eating
  • Solid construction ensures long-lasting use
Booster Seat     

One-time purchase

Age needed: 18 months

booster seatAt approximately 18 months of age, a booster seat allows your baby to sit in a regular dining chair with the rest of the family. Booster seats strap directly to the chair and provide a seat belt to prevent him from falling.

Function: Boosts your toddler to sit

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Adjustable seat height
  • Harness with straps to keep baby strapped in for safety
  • Lightweight and easy to fold
  • Used with any size chair
  • Washable
  • Weight limit: up to 50 lbs (most children stop needing booster seats at the table around 35–40 lbs, depending on your child’s height and the table)
High Chair Mat

One-time purchase

Age needed: 6 months

high chair matWhen your baby is learning to eat on his own, he can be very messy. High chair mats or splat mats are washable mats placed under his high chair or booster to protect the floor underneath and provide easy cleanup after mealtime.

Function: Easy mess cleanup and protected floors

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Reusable and durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Compact for easy travel
  • Wipe clean, line dry
  • Multifunctional: during mealtime, picnics, and for art projects
  • Protective barrier between your baby and bare floors
Chair Harness   

One-time purchase

Age needed: 3 months

chair harnessDesigned with a four-or five-point safety harness and adjustable straps, chair harnesses make feeding on-the- go simple and safe when a high chair is not available. Chair harnesses strap securely to adult chairs to accommodate your baby from around five months of age through his toddler years.

Function: Secures your baby in an adult chair when a high chair is not available

Special Features and Considerations:

  • Machine washable
  • Lightweight
  • Easy travel
Food Journal  

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

food journalWhen your baby starts eating solid foods, keeping a food journal can be helpful to track his reactions to new foods and tastes.

Function: Records your baby’s eating history

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Age range
  • Space for extra pages
  • Complete information
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