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Highchairs: specifications, types

Type

— Normal (unfoldable). The simplest type of chairs in terms of design is a high seat on its own legs without unnecessary constructive “frills”. Such chairs can be used as separate structures for feeding or move to a regular table; the latter option is especially convenient if the chair's own tabletop can be removed (see "Removable table"). Due to their simplicity, such chairs are inexpensive and quite reliable, however, unlike folding ones (see below), they constantly take up space and are less convenient in storage and transportation — they can be recommended if the free space in your apartment allows you not to remove the chair once placed anywhere. . As a result, there are quite a few non-folding chairs.

Foldable. Outwardly, these chairs are similar to the usual ones (see above), however, unlike them, they can be folded for storage and transportation. They are comfortable and only slightly more complex in design than non-folding ones, as a result of which most modern highchairs are of this type. These chairs are especially useful for those who want to save space in the room.

Transformer. Thanks to the folding or collapsible design, such models will be useful not only for the smallest children, but also for preschoolers. When assembled, they look like ordinary chairs — a high seat design — and are used in a similar way. And later, when the baby grows up, such a chair can be dismantled...by turning the seat into a low children's chair, and the lower part of the stand into a table for eating, creative activities, games, etc. The downside of this versatility is significant weight and dimensions — transformers are not only the most bulky, but also do not add up. In addition, they are poorly customizable: the seat height is not adjustable, the adjustable backrest is rare, etc.

Swing chair. Chairs that can also be used as swings. To do this, the seat is mounted on a special suspension that allows you to swing back and forth; during feeding, the seat is held in place by a special latch, and to turn the chair into a swing, it is enough to remove this latch. In most of these models, an electric motor is provided for automatic rocking; however, you can rock the seat manually. Anyway, swing chairs allow not only to feed, but also to entertain or lull the baby; their main drawback is their rather high price.

— Universal. The term "universal" in this case refers primarily to the age range. The seats in such models are adjustable in height, and tabletops, backrests, limiters, etc. are made removable. Thus, you can use the chair for its intended purpose most of the time, and if necessary, remove the limiters and lower the seat, turning it into a full-fledged "adult" furniture. Some models allow adults to use the chair, but most are limited to school age.

— Booster. Technically, these chairs are not separate pieces of furniture, but additional accessories: they do not have their own legs and are designed to be installed on ordinary "adult" chairs. Boosters are much more compact and lighter than most types of chairs, which makes them convenient for trips to visit and to nature; many of them are equipped with their own countertops and can be used in the absence of a table. On the other hand, you need to pay special attention to the chair for installing the booster — it must be strong and stable, otherwise there is a risk that the child will fall.

Suspended. These chairs do not have their own stand — they are attached directly to the table. Thanks to this, they are very compact (especially for folding models) and easy to transport, such a chair can be easily taken with you on a visit. On the other hand, folding chairs have a number of limitations: for example, the weight of the child in most cases should not exceed 15 kg, in addition, you can not fix the chair on any table — some simply cannot stand it.

Maximum load

Weight, which is not recommended by the manufacturer to exceed. Naturally, nothing terrible will happen if you overload the chair. However, if you regularly give it an excessive load, then in the end it will lead to a breakdown. And it's good if it doesn't harm the child. So most of the models are designed for a weight of 15 kg, which corresponds to a three-year-old child. However, there are also more powerful chairs — after all, there are different children and operating conditions. And for universal chairs that are suitable for use over a long period of life, this parameter is essential for a long service life.

Table top adjustment

The ability to change the distance between your own tabletop and the back of the chair. Adjusting the tabletop allows you to adjust its position so that your baby will be as comfortable as possible to sit in the chair.

Seat height adjustment

The ability to change the height of the seat (meaning the entire unit, with a footboard and a tabletop). This feature is especially useful if you want to adjust the height of the high chair to a regular table, and in some models it allows you to turn the high chair into a rocking chair, for example. Variable seat height is a mandatory attribute of universal chairs(see "Type").

Height adjustment can be either smooth or stepped; if the characteristics indicate the number of levels (see "Seat height") — it means that the adjustment is stepped, if not — smooth. Each option has its own advantages: smooth adjustment allows you to set the height as accurately as possible, stepped provides higher strength and reliability of the structure.

Seat height

The number of individual levels on which the seat of the high chair can be installed. The more such levels, the wider the possibilities for choosing the installation height and the more accurately you can choose the height for specific conditions.

Backrest tilt adjustment

The ability to adjust the degree of inclination of the back of the chair. This allows you to set the backrest to the optimal position, which is different for different situations: for example, while eating, it is desirable to sit almost straight, and if the baby fell asleep in the chair, the backrest can be lowered. Backrest tilt adjustment is a mandatory feature for models with the possibility of converting to a cradle (see the relevant paragraph below).

Backrest tilt

The number of positions in which the adjustable (see above) highchair backrest can be installed. The more such positions, the wider the possibilities for adjusting the backrest.

Footrest tilt adjustment

The ability to adjust the inclination of the footrest of the chair relative to the seat itself. Due to this adjustment, you can change the position of the baby's legs, selecting it for different situations. This is especially convenient given that prolonged sitting in one position tires the knees — to unload them, you can raise the footrest. Also, the tilt adjustment will be useful for small children who sometimes sleep right in the chair.

Footrest height adjustment

The ability to change the height of the footrest of the chair relative to the seat itself. Most highchairs are designed to last at least a couple of years, and this is exactly the period in which the child grows most intensively; and the height-adjustable footrest allows you to adjust the chair as your child grows.

Footrest height

The number of levels the adjustable footrest can be set to (see above). The more such levels, the wider the adjustment possibilities and the more accurately you can adjust the height of the footrest.

Stopper between legs

The limiter between the legs keeps the child in the chair and allows you not to worry that the restless baby will slip between the tabletop and the seat and fall out of the chair, which is fraught with bruises and injuries. To date, the following types of limiters are used:

— Plastic. The most common type of limiter is in the form of a ledge on the seat or a partition between the seat and the tabletop. Can be either fixed or removable, but usually not adjustable. It is considered not very suitable for boys, because. an older child can press; in this case, you should look for a chair with a removable limiter or belt (see below).

— Wooden. Rigid stops, generally similar to the plastic ones described above, but used in high chairs made of wood (see "Base Material") — mainly for aesthetic reasons.

— Metallic. Another analogue of the plastic limiter used in chairs, the bases of which are also made of metal. The advantages of this material over plastic are high strength and solid appearance. However, it costs noticeably more, and the difference in strength is not so great as to compensate for the difference in price. Therefore, this option is rare.

Belt. Belts are less common than plastic. On the other hand, they are softer and, by definition, can be removed, which makes such chairs more suitable for boys. In addition, in transformer chairs (see "Type"), due to design feature...s, belts are usually used.

Swivel seat

Possibility to rotate the seat of the chair around the vertical axis — while the base remains motionless. This provides an additional degree of freedom, and you can easily seat the baby facing in the right direction: for example, while you are fussing around the kitchen, face away from the table so that the child sees the parent, and turn back to the table during meals. The swivel seat is much more convenient to use for an inquisitive baby.

Rocker function

Possibility to use the chair as a rocking chair; it can be useful to entertain or, conversely, calm the baby, and in general increases the level of comfort. This function can be implemented in different ways, for example, with the help of removable curved skids or due to a design similar to a swing. Purchasing a chair with a rocking function can save you from having to purchase a separate rocking chair.

More features

Removable table. The ability to remove the chair's own tabletop, turning it into a regular seating area. This feature will come in handy when the child grows up and can be seated at a regular table.

Removable tray. The removable tray in high chairs is usually installed on the countertop and completely repeats its shape. This accessory can make life much easier for parents: for example, a tray that is smeared after eating can be quickly removed and washed, and at this time the tabletop can be used for child games.

Tabletop with rim. Tabletop equipped with a convex edge around the perimeter. This reduces the risk that the child will drop the dishes on the floor, accidentally hitting them; in addition, spilled liquid from such a countertop will not fall on the floor, and it will be much easier to clean it up. Most modern chairs have a countertop with a side.

Seat belts. Special belts that allow you to fasten the child to the seat. Thus, you can safely remove the tabletop, restraints, etc., without worrying that a restless baby will jump out of the chair (which, given the high height, is fraught with trouble).

Wheels with clamps. Highchairs on wheels are convenient for moving within the apartment, however, on the other hand, they can move from the slightest push. Lock...s on wheels allow you to securely install the chair and prevent its accidental movement.

Basket for toys. A special container for toys provided in the design of the chair; can take the form of a basket as such, a pallet, and even a fabric bag. It is usually located under the seat. Such a basket will allow you to always have a set of toys on hand to cheer up the baby if he bursts into tears or is capricious.

Lying position. The ability to install the back of the chair horizontally, turning it into a cradle. This allows you to use the high chair from the first days of your baby's life, when he is not yet able to sit (high chairs without this function are suitable for children from about 6 months). Theoretically, such a cradle can even replace a crib in the first months of life, although later a separate bed will be needed anyway.

Arc with toys. A special arc with toys attached to it (may look like a bracket) placed above the seat. Such toys are designed to entertain, first of all, the smallest children, and therefore the arc is usually installed on chairs that can be transformed into a cradle (see the relevant paragraph above). For feeding the arc is removed.

Base material

Metal. The most popular material for modern chairs is primarily due to the high strength and reliability of the metal at a low cost. Most full-size types of chairs are made from it (see "Type"), except for transformers.

Tree. In terms of strength, wood in highchairs is almost the same as metal, and it can weigh significantly more. The main advantage of this material is that it is pleasant to the touch. That is why the tree is widely used primarily in transformers (see "Type"), where the unfolded base plays the role of a table for a child.

Plastic. The lightest of all types of materials for modern chairs, in addition, it is inexpensive, but at the same time the least durable. It is used mainly in folding models and in boosters, for which light weight is important.

In addition to the above, there are also combined models for which a combination of metal and plastic is used. This allows you to use the main advantages of both materials — good strength and relatively low weight.

Country of brand origin

The country of origin of the brand under which the product is marketed. Often indicated by the nationality of the company or the location of its headquarters. At the same time, the actual production capacity of the brand often differs from the country of origin.

It should be noted that the quality of products depends not so much on geography, but on the peculiarities of the organization of processes and quality control at all stages of production. Therefore, national prejudices regarding brands from certain regions, as a rule, are not supported by anything. It is necessary to pay attention to the country of origin of the brand only if the task is to fundamentally support or bypass the manufacturer from a particular state.
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