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A proper feeding high chair or booster seat is one of the new items you should buy for your new baby. Babies and toddlers are messy eaters, so the right high chair can keep food messes in check. Additionally, feeding your baby in a safe upright position helps limit choking risks, teaches your little one proper table manners and allows your tot to become an independent eater because his dishes and utensils will be close at hand. That said, if you're raising a green baby, it can be hard to find a suitable high chair. Most are plastic and few wooden chairs are made in a sustainable manner. When you do find a more eco-friendly high chair it tends to be a lot more expensive, so it's not a win-win situation. Luckily, you've got Inhabitots to help you out. We've rounded up 5 greener high chair options in a variety of price ranges, plus we've got some great tips about how to buy a safe used high chair (yup, buying secondhand is more eco-friendly too). Keep reading to see our top picks.
Tripp Trapp Chair
Tripp Trapp by Stokke works for tots who are 6 to 36 months of age, growing with your child for the most comfortable and correct ergonomic seating. Other perks:
- Elevates your child up to the correct height at the table.
- Strong, solid and durable construction that stands up to typical kid wear.
- Has an adjustable seat and footrest to fit the size of your child.
- There’s no fixed tray so this high chair really brings your child to the family table.
- Stokke strives to use environmentally friendly and biodegradable materials.
- Stokke donates to charity.
- Stokke uses modern and efficient logistics channels for transporting goods to cut back on pollution emissions.
- The company pays special attention to raw material development, production, and distribution for all our products. In fact, Stokke has every supplier, business partner, and member they work with co?sign a code of conduct agreement outlining responsibilities to ensure proper working conditions and compensation.
fresco chrome by bloom is the world’s highest baby chair, comes complete with a 3-position recline system, and easy up/down height adjustment allows baby to join the family at the dining table or the modern breakfast bar. Your little one can use this chair starting at birth and keep on using it well into his school years. Features of fresco chrome include:
- bloom uses eco-friendly materials for their products, such as sustainable wood, recycled plastics and metals, and low-VOC finishes, plus products are free from BPA, lead, phthalates, formaldehyde and mdf.
- 3 recline positions: fully lie-flat newborn cradle, semi recline & upright seat, easily activated using a light touch pull handle.
- 360-degree swivel.
- 5 point safety harness with padded shoulder straps and bloom smart buckle.
- Allows for both up-to-the table and traditional tray high chair positions.
- Easy to wipe clean nook and cranny free seat unit.
- There are large, scratch free wheels concealed in base for easy movement.
- The tray is made from FDA food grade plastic and stainless steel.
- Parts are removable and dishwasher safe.
- 14 vibrant and elegant colors to choose from
For a less expensive bloom chair, take a look at bloom’s urban high chair.
Keekaroo Height Right High Chair
The Height Right Wooden High Chair by Keekaroo is made from renewable rubber wood with a plant based lacquer finish and has many other features beside:
- The chair offers a lifetime of use from the baby years into adulthood.
- JPMA certified.
- Dishwasher safe.
- Ergonomic design plus tip resistant.
- Has kid-comfortable cushions.
- BPA Free plastic restraint.
- The wooden tray has a BPA and phthalate free plastic tray cover.
- Available in mahogany or natural.
- The whole chair is easy to adjust and clean. All you need for adjustments is a plain old allen wrench which is actually included when you buy your high chair.
OXO Tot Sprout Chair
OXO’s Sprout Chair was recently rated a Consumer Reports “top pick,” and manages to balance comfort and design sensibility into one nice looking high chair.
- Extended use real wood chair that grows with your child from six months to five years.
- The seat adjusts in height and depth and the footrest is height-adjustable.
- The depth-adjustable tray can be removed later on so you can pull this chair right up to the table.
- The seat, back and cushions are contoured for comfort and promote “sitting up straight.” Plus PVC, phthalate and BPA free.
- 5-point harness system keeps baby secure.
- No tools are needed to adjust the seat, tray or footrest.
- Available in orange/birch, taupe/birch, green/walnut and pink/walnut.
- This innovative high chair grows with your baby for years – from when your baby can sit up all the way up to 220 pounds!
- Comes with 3 or 5 point, anti-loop, buckle system.
- Offers smooth height adjustment with gliding lift mechanism.
- Unique air-foam cushion custom-fits each chair and pads both small and bigger bottoms.
- The no-crevice design outwits crumbs and is easy to clean.
- Made of high quality materials
- Removable, dishwasher safe plastic components that are BPA, pvc, and dehp free. The nuna ISO 14001 certified factory uses eco-friendly equipment and processes such as solar panels, purified gas rejections, recycled water to clean facilities, recycled plastic waste, recycled packaging and has partnerships with certified recycling companies.
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If you buy a used high chair, or inherit a family high chair, it can be an eco-friendly choice, but that doesn’t mean secondhand is always the safest choice. You need to be careful and picky when buying a used high chair. Follow these tips:
- Before you buy, make sure all the high chair pieces work and that they’re attached correctly and firmly.
- Avoid any chair with splinters or peeling paint, unless you’re planning on stripping and repainting with eco-friendly paint.
- Make sure the high chair seems stable and not at all wobbly.
- Check out U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC’s recall site) to be sure the high chair hasn’t been recalled.
- Run your hand under the tray and seat to be sure there aren’t any sharp edges.
- Avoid chairs with wheels. Especially wheels that don’t lock into place correctly.
- Make sure the child safety straps aren’t thin or frayed, still fasten and work well.
- If you can, purchase a used chair from a a reputable dealer like a child consignment shop vs. say a garage sale.