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Safety and Your Baby’s High Chair

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 04-11-2007

You want your baby to be safe. This means looking closely at the
things you buy for your baby. One thing your baby will need is a high
chair. Your baby can start to use a high chair when he is able to sit up and
is ready for solid food. Here are some tips from the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission on choosing a high chair and using it safely.

Choosing a high chair:

  • High chairs should have a waist strap and another strap that goes
    between the legs.
  • The straps should not be attached to the tray.
  • The tray must lock securely.
  • A buckle-on waist strap should be easy to use.
  • High chairs should have legs spread far enough apart at the bottom
    so that they do not tip over easily.
  • Look for a locking device on folding high chairs. The lock keeps the
    chair from collapsing.

Using a high chair:

  • Always buckle your baby in. The straps keep your baby from
    falling or sliding under the tray, where he could be hurt.
  • Never leave your baby alone when he is in the high chair.
  • Lock the tray securely in place.
  • Be sure that your baby’s hands are out of the way when you
    lock the tray.
  • Be sure there are no sharp edges that could cut your baby.
  • You may give your baby something to play with on the high
    chair’s tray.

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