As the mother of a small child, one of the many things that you inevitably stress over, especially if you are a new mom, is deciding which is better for the safety of your baby. It can be difficult even when you have the guidance of “veterans” in motherhood, but sometimes, you still need to do your research.
Right now, let us discuss about high chairs – a staple for feeding small children.
Plenty of high chairs are available for purchase from furniture stores and department stores, and most of them are made of plastic. However, what most people may not know is that high chairs that are made of wood are actually more favorable than plastic ones. You may be worried about your kid’s safety with a wooden high chair, but the truth is, if it is not antique or vintage, it is just as safe as their plastic counterparts because they are most likely built in today’s safety standards. They also have the same safety features.
Below are a few pros and cons of using a wooden high chair to help you decide whether it is worth it.
- Beautiful and adaptable design – Any wooden piece of furniture is pleasing to the eye. They are also very easy to match with your other furniture because it will not clash with or look out of place in your existing house decor.
- Durable – A wooden high chair is a lot more durable than traditional plastic ones that are more common simply because they are handmade, and the construction is superior to a plastic chair. You do not have to purchase a new one every time you have another baby because they last a very long time.
- Heavier – Wooden high chairs tend to be heavier and of better quality because of their material. And because they are heavy, they are stronger and thus superior to plastic chairs when it comes to supporting any unexpected movement made by your child, ensuring their safety.
- Harder to clean – Compared with plastic high chairs, wooden ones are a little more difficult to clean because of their material. It can trap little bits of food and other things as well. We will address this issue for you in a moment.
- More expensive – Wooden high chairs tend to be more expensive than your typical plastic high chair. However, this is with good reason. Wooden high chairs are of much better quality and can last you a long time. When it comes to the guaranteed safety of your child, it should not matter how much you pay for it if you can afford it.
Here are a few more things you need to know about wooden high chairs to make them work for you:
As mentioned above, plastic high chairs are a lot easier to clean than wooden high chairs. With a plastic high chair, you can just use either a dry or a damp cleaning cloth to wipe off dirt and food debris – the tray can even go in the dishwasher – whereas wooden chairs are a little more complicated because they can trap little bits of food. To clean the tray of a wooden high chair thoroughly, soak a cleaning cloth in hot soapy water and use it to wipe dirt and food bits every after use to prevent any stains from sticking to it.
If your wooden high chair is new, there is absolutely no need to worry because they are built to pass today’s safety standards and there are no more safety risks than a plastic high chair. On the other hand, an old wooden high chair may not have a crotch post to keep the child from falling from the chair. There is also the possibility of the crotch strap or safety strap being broken or missing. Without these things, there is nothing to ensure your child’s safety in their seat if ever the tray slides off or if they lean forward. In that case, it is high time you get a new wooden chair that meets all of today’s safety standards. Safety should still be the number one priority.
Toxins and Contamination
Antique or vintage wooden high chairs poses the risk of exposure to toxin, especially if the wood is covered with lead-based paint. Instead of just painting over it, strip off the old paint and repaint the high chair with water-based paint, or a paint that is regulated and certified as safe to use on eating surfaces. Contamination of bacteria is an understandable cause of worry among parents, but a study of bacteria accumulation after repeatedly cutting raw meat on a wooden cutting board versus a plastic one, done by researchers from the University of California, Davis, shows that a wooden board poses no greater risk of exposure to bacteria from food than a plastic one, even when scratched with use over time.
If you want to use a vintage or antique high chair instead of a new one, feel free to do so as long as you take the necessary measures to make sure that it is safe for your baby’s use. First of all, check the hardware. Make sure that all the pieces are still sturdy enough to hold your baby and support their movement. Check the tray, as well as the part that is supposed to hold it in place, to make sure that it is not loose and that your kid will not get their fingers caught in it. Finally, check the sturdiness of the high chair to make sure that it will not collapse or tip over while in use.
Top 5 Wooden High Chair Recommendations
While we’re at it, let’s also go over the 5 best wooden high chairs on the market right now. They are the most popular and there is a good reason behind it. Along with a short review for each, here are the best wooden high chairs for your baby, in no particular order.
Svan Signet High Chair
This high chair is beautifully designed and created by two fathers from Sweden. They believe that it’s their mission to make functional baby products that do not sacrifice aesthetic.
The Svan High Chair is small in size, with measurements of 34.5 in. x 20 in. x 22.25 in. It is designed to match the size of the usual kitchen chair, and can be pulled up to a dining table. What is fascinating about this is that it is a multi-stage adjustable high chair. That means it “grows” with your child. Once your child is bigger and taller, you can remove the first-level seat and make him sit on the lower, bigger one below. It comes with a removable tray and another that is made in plastic that makes for easier cleaning!
Additional features of this high chair include:
- 5-point adjustable harness
- It comes with a Svan safety guard with crotch bar for safety
- Plastic tray is BPA and phthalate-free and can be washed in the dishwasher
- When removed, the tray can be conveniently stored in the back of the chair
- This high chair is made from solid bent birch wood
- Available in a variety of colors: Whitewash, Natural, Cherry, Mahogany, and Espresso
- You can also shop for colorful cushions!
Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair with Tray
This high chair has had a consistent high rating from parents who have reviewed it online. And it’s not surprising. While common high chairs can only hold a maximum weight of 50 lbs., the Abiie Beyond Wooden High Chair is able to hold up to 250 lbs.! It can double as a spare chair for both children and adults, so your child can still use it long after they have grown out of being an infant. It can easily be modified to your needs, from an infant high chair to a regular dining chair. This is a testament to how strong and sturdy this is. You can’t go wrong with it, and you can rest assured that your baby is resting safe.
It comes with a removable tray that can be thrown in the dishwasher for cleaning. The wooden material has been sterilized for your child’s protection from contamination. The cushion pad is water-resistant and can be be replaced if needed, so it’s easy to keep the high chair clean.
While it is a lot more expensive than most wooden high chairs, your child’s safety is assured with this strong and durable high chair.
Mothercare Valencia Wooden Chair
This wooden high chair can be used by children from 6 months to 3 years old. You can just ditch the shoulder straps that it comes with as your kid grows older. It has a simple, vintage design that will easily match with any house decor and will add a touch of retro and coziness in any household. It is made of solid wood that makes it a durable high chair. While that means it is heavier than a plastic high chair, that also means that it will not easily tip over when your baby or toddler moves, so you can trust that your child is safe.
The wooden food tray is large enough so no food will fall to the floor, and it can be folded back behind the child’s seat for easy storage, and for the baby to join the rest of the family at the dining table. It’s easy to wipe clean, but you will have to remove its cloth straps from the high chair to clean them.
While this is pricey, it is a good quality high chair that will last for a long time.
Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair
Stokke Tripp Trapp is probably the most popular out of the wooden high chairs in this article, and it’s not without reason.
Like the Svan Signet High Chair, this wooden high chair has adjustable seats that will make way for your child’s growth. It can even hold up to 300 lbs.! Because of its strength and sturdiness, you can even sit on it yourself (just remove the trays and the harness if you are planning to). With its beautiful wooden design and structure, it makes for a beautiful addition to anyone’s home. It is made of cultivated beechwood and is available in a wide variety of colors.
It is high quality high chair that will surely last a long time. You can past it on to another kid, and you don’t have to buy a new one each time you have another baby as it can be used for many years.
It ensures the safety of your child with a five-point harness system, and it also comes with a footrest for a comfortable sitting position.
Moodelli Growi High Chair
This is another wooden high chair that can be used by the same child for years and years because it grows with your baby. You can adjust it according to your kid’s current size, and it can be used by children aged 6 months up to 8 years!
It has a minimalistic wooden design that can be a great addition to your house decor. It doesn’t clash with any color, and can add coziness to any room.
It moves into two different positions and it comes with a detachable tray, footrest, and leg guard to ensure your child’s safety. And since it is made of wood with a super-smooth surface, it is very easy to wipe clean. Wood is also heavier and stronger than plastic, so it won’t easily collapse or tip over when your baby moves a lot.