High Chair Safety Tips

baby in high chairA high chair is perfect to have a baby or toddler join the family table. They are designed to keep them safe. Imagine the little one giggling as they enjoy the mealtime and interact with parents or/and older siblings.

Unfortunately accidents do happen. Majority of them are caused by parents not reading the owner’s manual which provides valuable information about proper assembly and info about manufacturer suggested age and weight restrictions.

To help you avoid any unpleasant surprises while having a good time with your youngest family member here are some basic safety tips is good to be aware of.

The majorities of the accidents involving high chairs are falls, and most involve head injuries or some kind of injury to the face or the neck, include bruises, cuts and concussions. Researchers at Nationwide Youngsters’ Hospital in Columbus discovered that about two-thirds on the accidents take place when a baby or toddler stands up inside the high chair.

To avoid this, make sure that anytime your baby or youngster sits in it, you use the safety straps including the crotch strap. This will stop them standing up or slipping down. Simple, but very effective solution. Also make sure that the higher chair you use can’t be tipped over quickly.

Never leave your child unattended in the high chair. And do not allow older siblings to climb or play on it along with the baby because this could tip it over.

Always make sure to place the high chair far enough away from countertops, tables and walls so your child can’t push it over using their legs.

If you go out, make sure that the high chair or booster provided by the restaurant has functional satraps. If it doesn’t, ask for one that does.

Last but not least, providing that you have taken all safety precautions a high chair can be used for fun activities for babies and toddlers while mom (or less often dad) is busy cleaning the house, or preparing be it breakfast, dinner or supper. Be safe and have fun!

For more safety tips and recalls please see JPMA website

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