Duchossois reports that in 2003 alone, "7,700 children ages four and under were treated in hospital emergency rooms for high chair-related injuries." Along with a careful inspection of the seat, Duchossois advises that parents look for chairs that meet both the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) voluntary safety standards and that carry the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) seal. She offers further suggestions to follow each time you use the chair:
- Secure waist and crotch straps every time you put your child in the high chair. The straps should fit snugly to properly restrain children.
- Never leave your child unattended in a high chair.
- Place high chairs away from walls, cabinets, and other furniture that your infant could use to push off from.
- Ensure that trays are locked securely when in use.
High-end Italian brands Peg-Perego and Chicco Mamma high chairs are always favorites among experts and moms. These chairs have everything you might expect from the heavier price tag—generally between $200 and $400—including several fabric choices (even "leatherette" in the Peg Perego Brand), adjustable height and reclining positions, lightweight construction, and easy one-hand folding.
European-style feeding chair favorite, Stokke KinderZeat, has unique styling with several colors available in a seat that goes from 18 months to adulthood. Its prices are comparable to Italian brands.