You only need a high chair when your baby starts on solid foods at 6 months old. At this stage, she should be able to sit up and hold her head on her own. With a high chair, she can eat with mom and dad — or sit and play if you’ve already fed her — at the dinner table. It may be a messy milestone, but it is an important one.
Here are a few things to keep in mind while scouting for a high chair. We've also included a few high chairs moms love now further down below: 1. Push and shake the high chair before buying At the store, shake or push the high chair to see if it’s stable and study. It may feel silly, but it’s an important safety check. One mom on SmartParenting.com.ph’s Parent Chat shared a scary story of how her baby hit his head hard when the high chair provided at a restaurant tipped over. “He pushed the table in front of him falling backward and hitting his head on the floor,” said user Mommyjazz.
She shared that the high chair had legs that went straight down instead of being angled to give it stability. It was not branded as well. “It was just a high chair with armrests, no seatbelts and legs there were too steep and straight,” said the mom.
2. Check the seat belts Stay away from high chairs with harnesses that look flimsy or are too difficult to use. “Make sure you can easily operate the harness fastener, but your child cannot. If it's difficult for you to use, you might be tempted not to use it every time your child is in the seat, which is a mistake,” said Consumer Reports in their high chair buying guide.
Consumer Reports recommends opting for a high chair with a five-point harness, meaning one with straps for the waist, crotch, and shoulders as “they can prevent a child from standing or leaning over in a high chair and possibly falling or tipping the chair over.”
3. Rubber or foam seats are easiest to clean Your baby’s high chair is going to get messy. Seat pads that are made of rubber or foam will make clean-up easier. You’ll find high chairs with seat covers that are machine washable, so you can just chuck it in the washing machine on laundry day.
4. See if you’d like additional features Some high chair models have wheels (with locking mechanisms), can fold when not in use, are height adjustable, or have trays that can move closer or farther away from your baby. Some also come with tray inserts and tray lids to help keep the chair clean. A no-fuss basic high chair gets the job done, but if your budget allows, see which additional features will make your life easier.
5. A portable high chair or booster seat saves you space and money High chairs can take up a lot of room in a house that’s already cluttered with baby stuff. A portable high chair or booster seat straps on to your dining chair instead. Most come with a detachable tray too. Unlike a traditional one with legs, this can save you space and can be less costly.
Pinay moms recommend the Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat (pictured below and priced), as per testaments on Female Network’s Girl Talk.
“Super sulit siya kasi [magagamit] from baby to toddler. Now, hindi niya na gamit yung tray [just the booster seat]. Sa table na siya kumakain. I think she'll use it until she's three,” said user guilleanne. It's priced at Php3,499 in Baby Company stores.
This is the high chair on every mom's wishlist. Model and celeb mom Georgina Wilson raved about this high chair on Instagram calling it “the best baby chair ever invented.” Babylist describes it as “stylish, durable, safe, and lasts for years.” The seat and footplate are adjustable, so the chair grows with your child until the preschool years. In the photo above, Georgina is using an infant seat accessory for the Stokke Tripp Trapp that's bought separately. (This brand is also the one Scarlet Snow Belo Kho uses in the top photo.) The high chair doesn't come cheap though at Php12,999 at Mothercare stores.
IKEA Antilop Highchair
This no-frills high chair gives you the best bang for your buck — at an affordable price tag too at just $19.99 (around Php1,025). The top pick for Babylist's Budget Buy high chair, the IKEA Antilop is “sturdy, compact and a breeze to clean. The entire surface is made of molded plastic, so you can just wipe it down...Plus, it’s lightweight and easy to move around.”
Unfortunately, IKEA isn't in the Philippines yet, but mom Cherdyn Mojica (we featured her easy baby food recipes here) told Smart Parenting that she was able to get hers from Qoncept Furniture store, located in Market! Market!, which stocks furniture items from different brands including Ikea. “We've had ours for a year. I love it because it's easy to clean and keep, sturdy, and affordable.”