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Safety & Prevention

The following are safety tips when using a high chair:

  • Make sure the high chair you use cannot be tipped over easily.
  • If the chair folds, be sure it is locked each time you set it up.
  • Whenever your child sits in the chair, use the safety straps, including the crotch strap. This will prevent your child from slipping down, which could cause serious injury or even death. Never allow your child to stand in the high chair.
  • Do not place the high chair near a counter or table. Your child may be able to push hard enough against these surfaces to tip the chair over.
  • Never leave a young child alone in a high chair, and do not allow older children to climb or play on it because this could also tip it over.
  • A high chair that hooks on to a table is not a good substitute for a freestanding one. If you plan to use this type of chair when you eat out or travel, look for one that locks on to the table. Be sure the table is heavy enough to support your child’s weight without tipping. Also, check to see whether your child’s feet can touch a table support. If your child pushes against the table, it may dislodge the seat.

 

Last Updated
12/3/2013
Source
Starting Solid Foods (Copyright © 2008 American Academy of Pediatrics, Updated 2/2012)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

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