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When your child is old enough to start eating more solid food, it is usually time to buy a baby chair. In order for the new diet to work, the child must be able to sit upright and needs a special chair that provides enough support for the healthy development of the spine.

You can choose from different types of baby chairs with different functions. To help you find the right baby chair for your child, we would like to give you an overview of the criteria you should look for when buying one. We also want to answer the most important questions on the topic so that you can be sure about your decision.




Summary

  • Basically, babies should only sit in a chair if they can already sit on their own. Otherwise, the chair can harm the healthy development of the spine.
  • First and foremost, you should make sure that the chair fits your child, i.e. that he or she sits securely in it and cannot fall out.
  • Then you can think about which type, which material and which functions are important to you.

The Best Baby Chair: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for baby chairs

In order to find the perfect chair for your baby, we have put together some buying criteria that you should consider when buying. These criteria should make it easier to compare the individual models so that you can make an informed and objective choice.

The criteria you can use to compare the different baby chairs include:

In the next section, we will go into more detail about the different criteria so that you know which baby chair suits you and your child best.

Material

The material of the baby chair depends primarily on your own preferences, as this has no influence on the stability of the chair. Whether you choose a chair made of wood or plastic depends on which you find more attractive or how easy the material is to clean.

Especially children's chairs can easily get dirty, which is why you should be aware that wooden chairs need more care to keep them looking good for a long time. This can be ensured by a good coating.

You should also make sure that the upholstery, if there is any, is easy to clean. Ideally, it should be removable and washable so that it can be used hygienically for a long time. Alternatively, a washable seat pad can help.

Size/height

The size of the baby chair depends primarily on the size of your child. You should make sure that the chair is as adjustable as possible so that you do not have to buy a new chair when your child grows. For small children, you should also have a seat belt so that they cannot fall out. In any case, your child should try out the chair to test its stability and comfort.

Range of use

Baby chairs are available for different uses. The classic example is the version that allows children to sit at an adult table, i.e. the high chair. If you are looking for a baby chair for your dining table, then you should first of all look at how high your table is and then adapt the size of the baby chair to it.

However, there are also models that function as attachments for other chairs, so that you don't have to buy an extra chair just for the baby. There are also models that fold up, making them perfect for travelling, while the classic wooden high chair is less mobile.

Special features

Apart from the size, the material and the area of use of the chair, you should think about whether you also want other functions for your child's chair. Especially for small children, it can be helpful if the chair has its own little table on which their own food or drinks can be placed safely and within easy reach.

These are often removable so that the chair can be placed at the table later and your child can experience eating at the dining table.

Apart from a table, a baby chair can also have other functions. A chair with a reclining function is particularly suitable for very small children, so that you can always keep an eye on your child while he or she is working in the kitchen. If your child is rather restless, a version with a rocker can be used to calm it down.

If the mobility of the chair is particularly important to you, you can consider an alternative with castors. However, if the chair has a fixed location, these are unnecessary as they make the chair somewhat more unstable. Those who want to take the chair with them on the road should also choose a foldable version so that the chair fits easily into the car.

Finally, a swivel version might be worth considering. This makes it particularly easy if you want the chair to stand in a fixed place but need to reach it from different directions.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about baby chairs answered in detail

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions about baby chairs. In this way, we want to give you a deeper insight into the topic and dispel any concerns you may have.

Who is a baby chair suitable for?

A baby chair is especially suitable for those who are looking for a way to integrate their toddler into the family's eating habits at their dining table. Depending on the construction, you can use it for years, depending on the weight and size development of your child.

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Baby chairs are not only suitable for eating at the kitchen table, but also for opening up new play opportunities for children.
(Image source: Unsplash / Tanaphong Toochinda)

In any case, you should keep in mind that your child should not sit in a chair until he or she can sit independently. This means that the right time to put your baby in a high chair depends on his development and not on his age. If this is not taken into account, it can lead to poor posture and permanent restrictions for your child, so you should never put your baby in a high chair too early.

What types of baby chairs are there?

Baby chairs come in different designs. The minimalist wooden variety offers a high chair with few frills. On the other side of the spectrum, there are chairs made of plastic, which form a kind of baby seat and look less like a regular chair. Where exactly you should fall with your purchase depends on how long you want to use the chair and how early you want your baby to use it.

How much does a baby chair cost?

Baby chairs come in a variety of price categories, which differ mainly in terms of

Price range Available products
Low-priced (20 - 50 €) Mostly simple design, made of synthetic material, no extras
Medium-priced (50 - 100 €) High chairs made of wood, often adjustable with table
High-priced (from 100 €) Mostly complex design, highly functional for different situations

What is looked for in product tests for baby chairs?

When baby chairs are tested, the main focus is on safety and design. They look at how stable and durable the construction is. They also test whether the material contains harmful substances. In addition, attention is paid to how easy the chair is to handle. The last and most important criterion is how child-friendly the design is.

Conclusion

To ensure the safety and correct development of your child, you should always make sure that you do not put your baby in a chair too early. In addition, when choosing a chair, you should always let your child try it out, as every child has different needs.

The type of chair, the material it is made of, the way it is used and any special wishes you may have can all be determined by your own preferences. However, you should always choose the size according to your child's needs so that he or she cannot fall out of the chair. This is the only way to ensure their safety and to find the ideal baby chair.

(Cover picture: Unsplash / Christian Hermann

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