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Determining when your baby is ready to start sitting in a high chair can be tricky. There are a few things you’ll want to consider before making the switch. In this post, we’ll outline the factors you should take into account and provide some tips on how to make the transition go smoothly. Keep reading for all the details!

High chairs are one of the more difficult baby products to shop for. How old should your little one be before you start putting him or her in a high chair? Well, that depends on how you want to use it.

Most parents are happy with options that will work for their child throughout his or her first year, so think about how you want to use it before you make a purchase.

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From 6 months your baby can start using an appropriate and safe high chair. If your baby is not yet sitting on his or her own, then buying a high chair that doesn’t have an adjustable seat may be preferable. For babies under six months of age, look for an option with an appropriate footrest and a good safety harness.

For babies one year and over, look for a seat with at least six different height adjustments.

Keep in mind that you can always purchase an additional seat and footrest as your baby grows, so if the high chair you choose has good height and weight limits but isn’t adjustable after your child is six months old, it’s still worth considering.

Also remember to take into account your child’s future height. If you know he or she will be tall for his age, then look for a highchair with better weight limits rather than one with more height adjustments.

You can also go with an adjustable option that will work throughout your baby’s first year. If that is what you are looking for, then something like the Graco Blossom 4-in-1 High Chair (shown above) may be a good choice.

If you’re interested in buying something like this, look for an option that will start as either a high chair or booster seat, with strap support for smaller babies and then convert into a regular chair at one year. You’ll want to avoid getting a standard high chair that becomes just a booster seat because if your baby is too small for that, he or she will either outgrow the chair by height before it becomes a booster or not fit in it at all.

Another option is to buy two separate chairs—a high chair and then a booster. In this case, look for a high chair with a removable tray and possibly an adjustable footrest. Then, when your child is older, you can use the same seat without the tray in order to convert it into a booster.

Be aware that some standard high chairs become just boosters (without the straps, of course). If this is what you’re looking for, then opt for one that also converts into a chair with arms, so you can use it for your older child as well.

Also, take into account where you want to put the high chair. If you need something small, then choose an option with a smaller footprint. Generally speaking, most high chairs are about 24 inches wide at their widest point, but some may be as narrow as 21 inches.

FAQs

Q: When can baby use the high chair?

A: It’s fine to start putting your baby in a high chair once he or she is big enough (usually around six months) and ready for solid foods. Just make sure that you try it out at home first with only the tray attached so your little one doesn’t get hurt if they slip out.

Q: How do I transition from a highchair to a regular chair?

A: If your baby isn’t quite at the age where he or she can sit up unassisted, you’ll want to purchase an option with a removable tray. Then, once your child is at least six months old and able to sit up on his or her own, you can simply keep or remove the tray depending on your preferences.

Transitioning from a highchair to a regular chair is pretty much the same as transitioning to any other seat—all you have to do is place your child in it! Make sure that if your baby needs support for his or her head, then purchase a seat with a full back until your child is old enough to hold his or her head up steadily.

Q: What are the pros and cons of an adjustable high chair?

A: On one hand, this option gives you many different height options so your baby can use it for years. On the other hand, these options tend to be heavier, bulkier, and more expensive.

Q: When can baby use the booster seat?

A: While most standard high chairs become just boosters once your baby is old enough to eat in a normal chair, it’s best to look for one that converts back into a full-fledged chair with arms once the child outgrows it as a booster.

This way, you’ll get more use out of your investment and only have to buy one piece of furniture instead of two. Plus, it can be convenient for older babies who don’t want to sit in a chair at mealtime or for meals on the go.

As with any product, you should do your own research and talk to your child’s pediatrician before making a purchase. While these are some of the most common types of high chairs available, there are plenty of other options, so read up on any choices that interest you.

Q: Are high chairs safe for infants?

A: Yes, if your infant isn’t able to sit up on his or her own yet, you can purchase a seat with straps that will keep him or her in place while keeping your hands free. Just remember that once your little one is big enough to start sitting up by himself or herself, then it’s important to remove the straps and use the chair as just a booster.

Note that older children can be injured if they slip down under the tray, so make sure to adjust it so your child is at least one inch below the top of the tray. This way, there’s no risk of them hitting their head on the tray or getting stuck underneath it.

Q: What are some tips for feeding babies in high chairs?

A: One tip is to make sure that the tray fits tightly against your child’s chest so there’s no risk of him or her slipping under it. Also, never leave an infant unattended in a high chair—even if he or she looks like they’re sitting up on their own. Keep one hand on them at all times.

Finally, never leave a child in a high chair if he or she is sleeping, since there’s the risk of suffocation.

Q: When should baby get rid of highchair?

A: It can be hard to remember that your little one will eventually outgrow even the biggest and best high chairs, but don’t worry! There are plenty of other products to use when it’s time to say goodbye to the chair.

When your child is old enough for a booster seat, you can remove the tray from the high chair. If your little one isn’t quite ready for a booster and still needs support for his or her head, then just purchase a seat with a back until he or she is.

Q: When can baby start using utensils?

A: From 10 months old, your baby can start learning to use utensils, but make sure you keep a firm hold on them at first—it can be easy for little ones to drop things.

From 12 months old, your baby should be able to use spoons and hold them well enough between his or her thumb and fingers. If not, you can try training forks instead since they have longer handles.

Q: When can baby start using sippy cups?

A: First, you’ll need to choose between spouted and non-spouted options. Spouted cups are ideal for babies who are just starting out on solids, while non-spouted cups are better for babies who mostly drink liquids.

Once you’ve got that out of the way, your little one can start using sippy cups at around 6 months old. If he or she needs extra help with it, then you can put thicker liquids in the cup to prevent spills.

Be careful not to wait too long, though—if your baby isn’t ready by 12 months old, then it’s best to hold off until he or she is.

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