5 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe in Their High Chair

High chairs are a staple in every parent’s arsenal of baby gear, providing a safe and convenient space for infants and toddlers to enjoy meals. However, improper high chair usage can lead to serious accidents and injuries. As we observe Baby Safety Awareness Month, it’s crucial to address the importance of high chair safety and provide parents with practical tips to ensure their child’s well-being during mealtime. 

The Hazards of Improper High Chair Usage 

Before delving into the tips, it’s essential to understand the potential hazards associated with incorrect high chair usage. Unsecured high chairs can tip over, leading to falls and injuries. Children can also slip out of improperly fastened straps, risking entanglement or injury. With these risks in mind, let’s explore five key tips to keep your child safe while using a high chair. 

Tip 1: Choose the Right High Chair 

Selecting the appropriate high chair lays the foundation for a safe mealtime experience. Opt for a sturdy, well-designed high chair with a wide base for stability. Look for adjustable straps that securely hold your child in place, preventing them from standing or climbing out. A reliable locking mechanism adds an extra layer of security, ensuring the high chair doesn’t collapse unexpectedly.  

The Ergobaby Evolve 3-in-1 High Chair is designed to safely and comfortably support your child throughout every stage of growth.  

From a supportive baby high chair…to a thoughtfully designed chair…to an interactive kitchen tower (sold separately), the Evolve 3-in-1 High Chair simplifies a parent’s life so they can enjoy the magic in the everyday moments. 

  • Converts in seconds, no tools required 
  • Thoughtfully selected materials for durability and easy clean-up 
  • Removable dishwasher-safe tray insert 
  • Secure and simple 5-point harness 
  • Quick and easy fold for storage 
  • Ergonomic support in infant seat 
  • Adjustable toddler seat for growing little ones 


Tip 2: Proper Installation and Positioning 

Properly installing and positioning the high chair is crucial to prevent accidents. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions step by step to ensure the chair is securely fastened. Double-check that all locks and latches are engaged. Position the high chair away from walls, tables, or any surfaces a child could push against, reducing the risk of tipping or wobbling. 

Tip 3: Secure Your Child Correctly 

Securing your child correctly in the high chair is vital for their safety. Use the harnesses or straps provided and adjust them to fit snugly but comfortably. This prevents the child from slipping or wriggling out while still allowing them to move comfortably. Make sure their arms and legs remain within the straps to prevent any potential entanglement hazards. The Ergobaby’s high chair is set with an easy-to-use 5-point harness system – so even when you’re in a hurry and feel like the buckles are too much of a hassle, these are quick, simple, and help keep your growing little ones secure. 

Tip 4: Supervision is Key 

Constant adult supervision is paramount when your child is in the high chair during mealtime. Never leave your child unattended, even for a moment. Children are naturally curious and may attempt to climb out of the high chair or put objects in their mouths, leading to choking hazards. Engage with your child during meals, making the experience a family bonding opportunity.  

Tip 5: Maintain a Safe Feeding Environment 

Creating a safe environment around the high chair is equally important. Remove sharp objects, hot beverages, and choking hazards from the vicinity. Opt for child-friendly dishes and utensils that reduce the risk of accidental injuries. Teach your child proper mealtime behavior, such as sitting properly and not leaning too far over the tray, which can help prevent tipping. 

Toddler high chair safety is super important as your child transitions to spending more time sitting up at the table during mealtimes, craft times, and more. By following these five essential tips – choosing the right high chair, proper installation and positioning, securing your child correctly, supervising consistently, and maintaining a safe feeding environment – parents can create a safe and enjoyable dining experience for their children. 

Vittoria Allen

Vittoria is a writer based in San Diego. A lover of good food, slow living, and a good novel, she shares her life with her husband and two daughters trying to squeeze out the beauty in every moment.