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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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