It is something very special when you start spoon-feeding your child for the first time. And for most parents the high chair will be an invaluable help when the baby is being presented to the food. The chair moves the baby up to the table so that you can sit closely together and look at each other while carrot puree and porridge goes from spoon to mouth.
But when is my child ready for a high chair?
Most children are ready to sit in a high chair at the age of 6 months. At this age, most children can roll from tummy to crawling position and from there on to sitting up. Put your child in the chair, and look at how she sits. The back should be straight, and she must be able to sit without support from pillows.
But what should you really consider when choosing a high chair?
Here you get our 3 best pieces of advice to help you along.
#1: Your child must sit comfortably
Yes, of course, you may think. However, it is not necessarily a matter of course. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to ensure that your child sits comfortably in the high chair:
A small child must not sit in the high chair for too long periods of time – and it is recommended that you do not use the high chair before your child is able to sit upright by herself. But what should you really look for?
Maybe you have yourself tried to sit in a chair that did not fit? Maybe the backrest was too short or the legs were too long? How did that feel? Most of us have tried to sit a little too long in a chair that did not feel “nice”. You can feel it in your bones. As adults, we therefore spend quite some time finding the right furniture for our home. The right dining table chair and the right sofa. Shouldn’t that also apply for the furniture we choose for our children?
Can the chair be adjusted?
It is important that your child sits comfortably in the high chair. Children in the age of 6-9 months need really good support for their back, and your child should not slump in the chair. The backrest should be comfortable and should follow the child's back. It is important that there is a good foot support on which the child can rest her feet – it gives the child a sense of security and a better ergonomic seating position.
Therefore, always go for a high chair that can be continuously adjusted to grow with your child.
#2: Choose a chair that allows your child to be a child
Children move. If you observe your child for a little while, you will find that she is virtually always performing some kind of movement. With her legs, arms and perhaps her entire body. It is in their nature. Children therefore also move when they are sitting at the table. And some children will move a little extra when they are seated in a high chair. It is perfectly natural. Therefore the chair must not restrain the child's movements.
The Leander high chair is designed for small live wires that move. It produces small rocking movements when your child moves. This makes your child aware of its body, and it actually helps your child to sit more quietly at the table.
But what about safety?
It is important that the high chair is stable and does not tip over when the child moves. The depth of the curved legs of the Leander high chair ensures stability and prevents the chair from tipping over backwards. At the same time you can get your feet under its legs when you help your child into the chair. This helps giving you a good working position.
#3: Look at the design
You do not put away a high chair between meals. It will become a part of your dining room for several years. It is therefore worthwhile choosing a chair that you will not get tired of looking at after a week’s time. Do you want a high chair with a light and Nordic design in a subtle colour, or do you prefer a design that takes up a little more space in the interior design?
And what about materials?
It is a really good idea to choose a chair that is produced in good and durable materials. Then you can be sure to get a chair that will last for many years.
Read more about Leander's position on materials here.