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How to Choose the Best Highchair

November 28th, 2017 | By: Sydney Loney
Having trouble getting your baby to eat? Try changing the way they sit

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How to Choose the Best Highchair

Getting babies and toddlers to eat is one of the most stressful parts of parenting, but the solution might be as simple as adjusting the way they sit. If you have a picky eater or a squirmy toddler who can’t seem to focus on his food, your highchair might be the problem, says Aviva Allen, a kids’ nutritionist in Toronto.

“If babies and toddlers don’t feel balanced or supported at the table, it’s harder for them to focus,” she says. “My oldest was up and down, had one foot on the floor, one bum cheek on the chair – he just couldn’t relax. We finally figured out that it was because he wasn’t comfortable.”

Finding the best highchair can be a challenge because there are a lot of options out there. “Parents often purchase highchairs before their babies are born, which makes it even harder,” Allen says. Here are three things to consider before you buy a highchair.

 Highchair safety

Just because your infant hasn’t started solids doesn’t mean they can’t hang with you while you eat. “We recommend introducing solid foods at around six months when babies’ necks are strong and they have good head control,” says Kristen Yarker, a registered dietitian and child feeding expert in Victoria and Vancouver. But once they’re big enough to sit in a highchair without falling over, she suggests letting them participate in the social fun of the meal. “Kids love being a part of the goings on no matter how old they are.”