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Toddler High Chair Cleaning Tips

A toddler high chair makes eating convenient for your toddler but is not designed to be cleaned easily. Follow these simple techniques to make cleaning your toddler’s high chair a breeze.

Use Bibs

A bib makes a high chair easy to clean. Choose a large bib that covers the length of your toddler’s torso and with a pocket in the front. So each time the food does not make it into his mouth, it will drop into the pocket and make cleaning up easier.

Wipe The High Chair After Every Meal

Although it is very tempting to skip this step, you have to make sure that you get rid of pieces of food on the high chair since food stuck in cracks is a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Cleaning your toddler’s high chair after every meal will not only prevent food from sticking to surfaces and make cleaning hassle-free but also prevent your toddler from getting sick.

Clean The Entire High Chair Several Times A Week

Take the cover off the high chair and clean the entire high chair several times a week, depending on how often your little one uses the seat. There are three ways to clean the high chair:

  • Combine 1 part distilled white vinegar with water in a spray bottle. Spray the entire high chair with it and wipe it down with a clean rug.
  • Mix 1 part rubbing alcohol with water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution and wipe it down once the residue has dried off.
  • Sprinkle baking soda onto the surfaces and let it sit for a few hours before wiping it up or combine a paste of water and baking soda and rub the mixture into the surface of the high chair with a clean cloth immersed in water.

These natural disinfectants will remove odors and sanitize the high chair without leaving behind any harmful chemicals that can jeopardize your toddler’s health.

Dry The Cover of The High Chair Thoroughly

Make sure that the cover is dry before you put it back on the seat. A wet cover will promote the growth of molds and other bacteria. Air dry the cover of the highchair overnight if possible.

Repair Broken Cover Immediately

If your cover tears, use adhesive to close it. Gaps in the cover will allow food and liquids inside the cover and once mildew and bacteria penetrates the inside of the cover, it is very impossible to clean the high chair.

Clean High Chair Covers Appropriately

Different types of high chair covers require different cleaning methods. High chair covers made of fabric is the easiest to clean since they are hand and machine washable while leather and vinyl covers should be wiped clean and air dried overnight since leather is prone to water damage and the growth of mildew and vinyl tears easily.

Feeding time means a lot of mess and cleaning. While it can be tiring to clean your toddler’s high chair often, just keep in mind that your toddler’s health and safety is your utmost priority.  Do not sweat the small stuff, enjoy mealtimes and messy meals instead.

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Toddler High Chair Buying Tips

Choosing the perfect high chair for your toddler is an imperative task. After all, your toddler will spend the first few years of his life sitting on it. Today’s high chairs are more modern and sleek. They come in different colors and designs as well. When purchasing a high chair for your toddler, keep these tips in mind.

Know Which Type of High Chair You Need

If your dining and kitchen area has limited space, buying a full-size high chair would be impractical. For convenience, opt for a small high chair (e.g. European style feeding chairs or hook-on chairs) that folds easily for storage. However, if space is not a concern and you want to use the high chair for many years, consider buying a pricier chair (e.g. booster seats or a full-fledged chair) with features to accommodate your developing toddler.

Look For Stability

Plastic, metal and wood are the three popular options in high chair materials. Plastic seats are easy to clean up. Metal chairs are very durable while wood high chairs are sturdy and can blend in with your kitchen’s decor. A good high chair must have a wide base and a low center of gravity. Also, look for a chair that includes a solid post in the center of the seat. This post which rests between your toddler’s thighs while he is seated will prevent your little one from sliding out of the chair and hurting himself. Test out chairs by giving them a good shake to see whether or not it easily tips over a squirming child.

Check Safety Features

A dependable high chair should have:

  • Harnesses – Adequate safety straps are a must in every toddler seat. Check the belts for security. Make sure they are resilient, sturdy and washable. Shoulder straps should be present for your toddler to use when he cannot sit up. Waist and crotch straps are also necessary to keep your toddler firmly in place especially his lower body.
  • Wheels With Locking Mechanisms – A high chair with wheels makes it easy to maneuver your toddler from place to place. However, it must also have strong locks and an anti-skid device to prevent accidents.
  • Built-in Bells and Toys – Although optional, these adorable features help keep your toddler entertained while you are preparing his food. At the same time, its jiggling sounds serve as your warning device in case your toddler tries to go down the chair.
  • Height Adjustment and Recline – High chairs with height adjustment is good for long-term use. The recline feature serves as the perfect make-shift bed in case your toddler falls asleep after taking his meals.
  • Plush Cushions – Stains can make a high chair’s cushion very dirty. Choose a chair that is easy to clean, one that can last wear and tear. Look for detachable cushions that can be hand or machine washed. To save you time, go for vinyl covered cushions. Just wipe it with a damp cloth and it is good as new.
  • Easy to Use Tray – Trays come in adjustable designs. Look for a high chair with a removable tray. A dishwasher safe tray is handy. Make sure it does not slide out easily. Inspect any cracks, hinges and sharp edges that can harm your toddler.

Make Sure It Is Portable

It is best to select a high chair that also converts into a booster or hook-on seat. You can simply stow it when not in use. Not only is it convenient for your house but it also serves as the perfect travel companion. You no longer have to buy different high chairs for home use and travel use.

Mia Moda Alto Highchair in Blue

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Five Best Brands of Toddler High Chairs

High chairs are one of the most essential toddler gears. Aside from feeding toddlers, they serve as an excellent tool to help keep your child entertained in the kitchen with you. With the different brands of toddler high chairs available, picking the right one can be overwhelming. To narrow down your search, here are five well-loved brands of toddler high chairs along with their corresponding best selling chairs.

1.Chicco
Chicco Polly Highchair Double Pad In Bella

Chicco high chairs were patterned to fit every stage of a growing toddler. Their high chairs are fully padded and secure which enables your toddler to enjoy meal time with the whole family like a regular adult.

Polly High Chair Double Pad

  • Has wheel brakes and a 5-point harness.
  • Its bright, easy to spot colored buttons makes it easy for parents to adjust the chair.
  • Has phthalate free vinyl pads.
  • Slimmest folding high chair.
  • 3 reclining positions and 7 height positions for added comfort.
  • Has built-in storage net to keep your toddler’s essentials handy.
  • Comes in 22 different colors.

Chicco 360 Hook On

  • Booster seat perfect for traveling.
  • Has rubber table fastenings for easy and safe attachment to thick tables.
  • Comes with a snap-on serving tray for meals.
  • Compact fold and its plush carryall makes travel and storage hassle-free.

2.) Fisher-Price
CLOSEOUT!!! Fisher Price Dreamsicle Collection 3 In 1 Highchair With Booster

The most popular brand of toddler gear, Fisher-Price boasts different high chairs each with a unique feature. All of their high chairs have met the following standard safety features – adjustability, an easy to clean chair, locking device, stability, straps and a chair.

Rainforest Healthy Care High Chair

  • Comes with a clip-on rainforest toy with activating lights, music and sounds to keep your toddler entertained throughout his meal.
  • Stimulates your toddler’s senses boosting his cognitive and motor skills.

Space Saver High Chair

  • A high chair that fits into any dining or kitchen chair, especially made for homes with small dining spaces. Just strap it in and you’re good to go.
  • With 3 reclining positions and 3 height adjustments.
  • Can be easily stowed when not in use.
  • Converts into a booster seat (ideal for trips).
  • Has a padded full-size seat that is spill resistant.

3.) Graco
Graco Simple Switch Highchair In Nobel

Undeniably one of the most trusted manufacturer’s of toddler gear, Graco has an extensive selection of high quality high chairs. Graco offers full-sized and portable high chairs so parents can exactly find what they are looking for.

Blossom 4-in-1 Seating System

  • Designed to adapt to a growing toddler’s seating needs.
  • Accommodates two children at the same time.
  • Effortlessly transforms into an infant feeding booster, toddler booster and a youth seat.
  • Has 3 recline levels, 6 height positions and a 3-position adjustable footrest.
  • Its head and body support helps keep your toddler comfortably seated.
  • Comes with a 3 to 5 point harness for maximum security.
  • Seat is fully padded that can be machine washed.
  • Removable and washable one hand tray.

DuoDiner High Chair

  • A 3-in-1 high chair that transforms into a booster seat by simply removing the legs of the chair.
  • Frame can be easily stored when in booster mode.
  • Its 3 position one hand adjustable tilting seat sustains your toddler’s head and body.
  • Has a changeable 6 height position feature to help comfortably position your toddler at the table.

Toddler Booster

  • A portable booster seat with 2 seat installation belts that is easy to hook on any chair.
  • The modifiable seat back insert assists in situating your toddler a comfortable distance from the table.
  • Available in 3 colors – blue, brown and pink.

4.) Inglesina

Inglesina Club Highchair In Red

Club High Chairs

  • Best for toddlers between ages 1 to 3.
  • A single position chair that provides utmost stability.
  • Easy to clean, comes with a removable tray.
  • An elegantly designed chair available in colors graphite, orange and red.

Zuma High Chairs

  • Easy to clean and portable.
  • Combines form and function with its modern appeal and superb features.
  • Comes with an extra tray that is detachable and dish-washer safe.
  • Compact fold for easy storage.
  • Has 3 reclining backrest for eating, napping and playing.
  • Available in cream, lime, red and orange.

5.) SweetSeat

  • A booster type seat perfect for toddlers who are too big for a high chair yet are too small to reach the top of the table.
  • SweetSeat booster seats are designed to sit on top of a dining chair.
  • Covered in child-friendly and food-safe laminated cotton making them easy to clean.
  • Steady, dense and transportable.
  • Comes in various colors and designs, perfect for fashion conscious moms.

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Different Types of Toddler High Chairs

Your toddler needs to feel comfortable when he takes his meals. That is why, a toddler high chair is considered as one of the most necessary items in every toddler’s gear. An essential part of your little one’s day to day life, buying this furniture can be an arduous task since a lot of options are presented in front of you. The secret to finding the best high chair is to determine what type, shape and size is perfect for your toddler.

Toddler high chairs make eating less complicated for children. It allows them to enjoy their meals together with the family. Once your toddler reaches his sixth month, he begins to eat solid foods. At this time, keeping him in your lap and feeding him can be complicated.

Types of Toddler High Chairs

To help you pick out the best for your little one, here is a list of the different types of toddler high chairs.

Convertible High Chairs

More popularly recognized as three-in-one combinations, a convertible toddler high chair offers more mileage than other types of high chairs. Mostly made of wood materials, convertible high chairs are adjustable, safe and multipurpose – you can use the high chair if your toddler is still very small and then convert it into a child-sized seat (toddler-sized high chair) with a low table once your little one can feed himself. More modern high chairs even have a recline and swivel feature that can be used as a sitting furniture until he reaches five years old. Plus, this chair can easily match your home’s decor and furniture’s. However, the downside to these chairs is that some convertible chairs can be tricky to assemble. Most chairs are not fold-able and are more expensive than other high chairs.

Check out Stokke Tripp Trapp, an award winning high chair that is designed to grow with your toddler. Popular for providing comfort, durability and stability to children.

Stokke Tripp Trapp Highchair In Pale Pink

Multi-functional High Chairs

A multi-functional toddler high chair’s seat can be effortlessly switched back, up or down depending on where you want to feed your toddler. With its six height positioning feature, your toddler can sit down with the whole family making meal time more fun for him. This type is more affordable than convertible high chairs. It comes with a tray, a five point safety strap for extra protection and is very flexible and foldable. However, some multi-functional chair models are too heavy to use and move around.

Peg Perego Tatamia high chairs are manufactured from the best and strongest plastics for toddler gear. It has a Stop and Go brake system allowing the high chair to be moved with ease and locks when in place.

2011 Peg Perego Prima Tatamia In Paloma

Portable High Chairs

Also known as travel chairs, these high chairs come in very handy when eating in restaurants, traveling or visiting other public places. Portable toddler high chairs are very easy to clean and use. These high chairs are secure, lightweight, fold-able and can be easily hooked on the table enabling your toddler to sit right next to you and everyone else. No more constant interruptions at the dinner table. However, this clip-on high chair does not fit every table especially when the table is too light or thick.

The Chicco Polly Series (Chicco Caddy Hook On, Chicco 360 Hook On and TravelSeat Hook On) offers easy to set-up portable high chairs with a rotating hook-on, secure quick-grip attachments and harness, compact fold for easy travel and can easily fit on most tables including thicker tables.
Chicco Polly Highchair Double Pad In Adventure

Always keep in mind to prioritize your toddler’s needs and preferences in a high chair. In this way, you are assured that your child feels comfortable in his seat letting your whole family enjoy eating.

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