I did some research into high chairs for independence when I was looking at chairs for Joshua in my last post.
Please note that the 2 Ikea chairs that I have listed I would recommend for a slightly older child (i.e. a child that is able to climb up and down with confidence). I have seen these in action and they are serviceable for an older child but definitely NOT for a young child that needs to be strapped in.
Things that we were looking for in a high chair included the following:
- Independence – ability for the child to climb on the chair to get to the table independently to join us for meals.
- Good posture – able to rest feet on a flat surface and sit up without legs dangling freely. From experience there should not be arms on the chair for the child to lean on so that the child is taught the correct way to sit up, assisting with building core muscle strength correctly.
- Sturdy – stability of a chair was paramount. We do not want the chair tipping over if Joshua is climbing up on it.
- Grows with the child – Joshua is growing every day. We wanted the chair to meet his needs for at least the next 5 years. Ideally the chair should be able to be used (with some attachments such as harnesses and a table top) from 6 months and be able to be used independently (without straps and table attachment) from around 18 months.
- Comfortable – this could be with or without cushions. We decided on no cushions as this is harder to clean. A younger child might need a little cushion to start with.
- Easy to clean – Joshua no longer wears a bib or smock while eating so food scraps tend to get on the floor and chair.
- Natural wood – this is aesthetically pleasing as well as comfortable to sit on in hot or cold weather.
There are plenty of chairs available and it pays to take a look online to see what price is being offered at different retailers as it varies considerably. There are some beautiful colours available in each of the chairs that I looked at, they are a wonderful contrast against your current furniture and make it special for your child. Joshua loves different colours and adores his chair.
I really enjoyed researching this topic and I discovered that there are so many different options available. I am sure there are others that I have missed, if you have any suggestions for these chairs and experience with them I would love to hear about it.