Toddler high chairs
This article emphasized the safety issues surrounding toddler high chairs.
To help prevent injuries and deaths, toddler high chairs should have a waist strap and a strap that runs between the legs. While in the high chair, children should ALWAYS be restrained by both straps. The tray should not be used as a restraining device in place of the straps.
Without these two straps, children can stand in the chair seat and topple from the high chair, or slide under the tray and strangle on the waist strap or when their heads become trapped between the tray and the chair seat.
Other accidents occur when the chair tips over. Toddler high chairs may tip if an active child pushes off from a table or wall, stands up in the high chair, or rocks it back and forth.
1. Select one that has a wide base for stability.
1. Check the condition of straps and their attachments to
make sure they are securely attached and work properly.
1. ALWAYS USE ALL RESTRAINING STRAPS PROVIDED.
2. Be sure that the locking device on a folding high chair is locked each time you set up the chair.
3. Never allow a child to stand up in a high chair.
4. Don’t stray too far from the high chair especially if the child has shown an ability to unfasten safety straps.
5. Keep the high chair far enough away from a table, counter, wall, or other surface so that a child can’t use them to push off.
6. Don’t let children play around a high chair or climb into it unassisted.
7. Don’t let older children hang on to a high chair while a baby is in it. The high chair could tip over.
Toddler High Chairs CHECKLIST
** There is a "crotch" strap that must be used when restraining a child in a high chair.
** High chair has restraining straps that are independent of the tray.
** Tray locks securely.
** Buckles on straps are easy to fasten and unfasten.
** High chair has a wide base for stability.
** Caps or plugs on tubing are firmly attached and cannot be pulled off and choke a child.
** Folding high chair has effective locking device.
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