All babies develop at different rates. For most babies, they’ll be ready to start solids somewhere between four and six months old. It’s good to ensure that you have your high chair purchased, assembled and ready to go by then.
Certain high chair models are also suitable for use from the newborn stage, even before babies start on solids. These high chairs are perfect for newborns to join the family at the dining table during meal times and be at eye level with everyone, observing the world around them.
When can my baby sit in a high chair?
As your little one grows, you will notice the following milestones that will indicate that your little one is ready to sit on the highchair (without the infant bouncer attachment).
When they can sit upright
When they can hold their head up
When they show proper stability
How to choose the best high chair for your baby
Before you purchase a high chair, besides space and budget, here are some pointers that you might want to consider:
Durable and long-lasting
A sturdy chair offers better value through longer use. Get one that lasts beyond your toddler’s feeding stages. A common debate on the best material for high chairs is between wood and plastic. While highchairs made from plastic are typically more portable, a wooden highchair is far more stable and durable in the long run.
Multifunctional and versatile
Getting the most use out of a product is hard to come across for baby items since they outgrow them in the blink of an eye. Hence getting a convertible high chair is the best option for any practical parents out there! Convertible high chairs are able to be used for a longer period of time, and usually have a maximum weight limit that can take even a weight of an average adult.
Safety is key
Safety is still of utmost priority for your baby. Hence, in addition to sturdiness and durability, look for a highchair with an anti-tip structure and safety harness.
Cleaning and care
As your baby starts on solids and learns how to feed themselves, they’re bound to make a mess. Hence knowing how to best clean and maintain your highchair is critical for keeping it in good and functional condition for the years to come.
If your highchair is made from plastic, cleaning is simple with just a damp cloth and any cleaning agent if needed. For highchairs made from sturdy wood, including Beechwood, brush off any loose food crumbs before wiping it down with a damp cloth. Ensure that the cloth is not too wet, and avoid soaking, bleach, or any harsh cleaning agents as it will cause discoloration and weaken the wood structure. Keep your highchair dry to best preserve your wooden highchair.
Here’s a list of our favourite baby high chairs and where to buy them in Singapore.
1) Best Affordable Wooden Convertible High Chair: Hauck Alpha+ Wooden High Chair
What we love ❤️
Sturdy and stable, made of solid beech wood
Grows with your baby from birth with the 2-in-1 Alpha+ infant bouncer which can be used together with the high chair, or on the floor