High chairs

A high chair is normally used by children between 6 months and 3 years of age so that they can sit and play safely and join the family at meals.

The basics

There is a risk that children can fall from high chairs when:

  • there's no adult supervision
  • safety straps are not used
  • safety straps don't work properly.

Before you buy a high chair

Look for a highchair that has:

  • a wide base to stop the chair from tipping when a child is sitting in it
  • a tray that:
    • can be adjusted and locked easily and securely in place
    • doesn't expose holes to trap fingers when removed
  • edges that are smooth and rounded
  • 5 point safety straps — straps that go over shoulders, around the waist and between the legs (or the capacity to have one of these fitted)
  • tube ends that are sealed to prevent the child's fingers getting trapped
  • locks on folding chairs that will stay locked under the weight of a child
  • compliance with a British Standard (BS), American Standard (ASTM or CFR) or Australian/New Zealand Standard (AS/NZS).

Using a high chair safely

  • Check the high chair for hazards — make sure there are no splits in the chair's seat or back — a child could pick out and choke on pieces of foam padding.
  • Make sure the chair is on a level surface — it could tip if one leg is resting on a rug.
  • Place the high chair where a child can't push with their legs against nearby furniture or walls and tip the chair over.
  • Make sure electrical cords and other hazards are kept out of reach of a child in a chair.
  • Never fix a hook-on porta chair on the flap of an extension table.
  • Put the child in the seat carefully, and fasten all straps.
  • Make sure you don't trap the child's hands, fingers, or head when you raise or lower the tray.
  • Always watch a child in a high chair.
  • Stop your child from standing in the chair or climbing in or out of it — it can easily tip over or the child could fall.
  • Check that your child can't reach the table with their feet in a hook-on porta chair — they might be able to get the chair off by pushing against the table.

Reporting an issue with high chair safety

If you have a safety problem or concern with a high chair, let us know.

Report an unsafe product

Under the Consumer Guarantees Act you can get a refund, replacement or compensation if goods are unsafe. The Consumer Protection website has more information about what to do when you have a problem with goods.

Consumer Protection website — Faulty products(external link)