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INGENUITY: How to Choose a High Chair

Feeding your baby solid food is a huge milestone. It opens a door to an entirely new world — to explore by tasting, smelling, and touching all kinds of new foods. It also means … it’s time for a high chair. For older babies, it might mean it’s time for a booster seat!

The good news is that high chairs have come a long way over the last several years. Today, there is a high chair to meet just about every need, from convertible chairs to those designed for small spaces.

Today, there is a high chair to meet just about every need.

A CHAIR THAT GROWS WITH BABY

The Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 and Ingenuity SmartClean Trio 3-in-1 are both designed to grow with baby, from infant through toddler years. The SmartClean version has an added easy-wipe-down feature for the seat pads. Both are three products in one: a full-size high chair, a booster seat, and a toddler “smart chair.” They’re even designed so two children can be seated at the same time when used in booster and toddler chair modes, so they’re perfect for families with multiple little ones.

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There are some really handy features, including (lockable) swivel wheels, three recline positions, and a three-point harness for restaurant-style mode or five-point harness for full-size and booster modes, to keep babies safe and secure. The tray can be removed easily with one hand, has multiple positions to accommodate growing babies, and can be popped in the dishwasher for simple clean up.

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“There are not many nooks or cracks for food to fall into either, which is a major perk when you have a little one who is grinding food everywhere she can!” — Jamie, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine Gear Review for the Ingenuity Trio 3-in-1 High Chair

MEALTIMES CAN GET MESSY

When baby starts eating solid foods, mealtimes can get really messy. Some moms are especially disturbed by the amount of food and crumbs that can hide in the tiny crevices in baby’s high chair, usually under the seat pad or in the seams. These cracks become places where germs and bacteria can thrive. So look for high chairs that make clean ups easy with seat pads that can easily remove to be thrown in the washing machine. Babies ‘R Us Blogger, Victoria, states, “Problem solved with the soft foam seat pad that’s both easily wipeable and dishwasher safe…clean crevices has never been easier,” with the Ingenuity Trio SmartClean High Chair. The foam seat pad isn’t just comfortable, it eliminates the crevices where food can hide and it easily wipes or removes to go into your dishwasher.

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LIGHTWEIGHT TRAYS ARE MORE CONVENIENT

Look for a tray that is lightweight, and that you can easily place or remove. The best option is a tray that can be removed or adjusted with only one hand. Try it out in the store before you buy it. Tray inserts make clean ups easier because they can be removed and placed in the dishwasher. And look for trays that adjust so it can move closer or away from baby to allow for some growing room.

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WHEELS CAN BE A HANDY ADDITION

You may need to move your high chair around the kitchen, or to the dining room. If so, consider a chair with wheels. If you do opt for a chair with wheels, look for locks on the wheels so the chair doesn’t move around when you are taking baby in and out, or in case an older sibling decides to take baby for a ride.

SAFETY HARNESS FOR BABY IS A MUST

Don’t underestimate the importance of a safety harness for baby’s high chair. Experts say that a 5-point harness is a must. The most common type of injury associated with a high chair is a fall, the shoulder straps on a 5-point harness keep baby safely seated. Make sure the harness adjustment is easy to use, so you can keep it adjusted properly as baby grows. And make sure the buckle is secure enough that baby can’t open it, but can be easily opened and closed by mom and dad.

A CHAIR YOU CAN LIVE WITH

And last, but certainly not least, choose a style that you can live with. One that looks great in your home, not just now, but months from now when baby gets a little older.

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