Baby's Highchair Could Be the Most Dangerous Spot in the Kitchen

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baby highchairHere's a scary statistic for parents. Would you believe that one child every hour is injured in an incident involving a highchair? Believe it, Moms and Dads! Parents may have been using the little stations to bring baby to the dinner table for generations, but it turns out we're actually getting worse at using them, not better!

Over the eight years of a study of highchair safety, doctors said injuries actually increased 20 percent. And we're not just talking little scratches. Kids are suffering from brain injuries that send them to the ER. Seriously, parents, what gives?

It's not the highchairs, folks!

The doctors at Nationwide Children's Hospital lay the blame for 9,400 highchair injuries a year (that's JUST the injuries that landed a kid in an ER) on parents.

So what do you need to do to keep your baby safe?

1. Read the darn directions. I know, I know, you're smarter than a hunk of plastic. But set your ego aside for five minutes and humor me. It could save your baby from a lump on the noggin.

2. Use the straps, not just the tray, as a restraint. According to the data, two-thirds of the children hurt were either climbing or standing in the chair right before they fell. That means they were not strapped in ... at least not strapped in tightly enough that they wouldn't fall.

3. Put the highchair away when not in use. Not always easy if you have a small kitchen, but an empty chair is mighty inviting for a child to climb up on ... and fall out of! Chairs with wheels can also be dangerous for babies who are starting to pull up. They can pull up to standing, using the bars of the highchair for stability, only for the wheels to start rolling the chair away, dropping them on the floor.

4. Don't place the chair too close to the table (at least not when you're going to walk away). Many kids in the study had actually pushed off from the table with their feet and tipped themselves backward. Kids who are close to the table also have a tendency to reach out and grab at things -- including knives and hot liquids.

5. Check for recalls! The injuries were mostly from the above safety concerns, but highchairs do get recalled, and it's always better to be safe than sorry.

Has your child ever been hurt in the highchair? What happened?


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adamat34 adamat34

Or, we could watch our do have accidents i understand...but most could be avoided by keeping a.close eye and proper manufacturing instructions.

kayba... kaybayblee3

I agree with Adamat34---too many of these 'accidents' can be avoided if parents would use the straps/restraints that these products already come with! Its like the whole bumbo seat drama. Mom's were putting them on top of counters and tables and walking away from them- then wondering why their kids toppled to the floor

lalab... lalaboosh


nonmember avatar kellu

my son has a little seat with tray that is strapped to a chair. I love this thing. he can't climb on it anymore than he can a regular chair

nonmember avatar Emily

I have a friend whose 16 month old apparently will not eat unless she is standing up in a regular kitchen chair at the table. Apparently she throws a tantrum if you strap her in to her high chair, and has also wriggled out of the straps and been found standing on the tray of the high chair. I'm like 1.) if you're leaving her alone in it long enough to get out and stand on it, you're leaving her alone too long, and 2.) the way you're letting her eat right now is incredibly unsafe, if she throws a fit about being in the high chair, don't feed her until she settles down! She's a toddler, she needs to start learning what is and is not acceptable behavior. Kids will not starve themselves, they will settle down and eat when they realize they're hungry enough. What next, let her ride in the car romping around the backseat instead of buckled up?

erlar... erlark2012

Man, I am getting so sick of these stories about children getting hurt because of idiotic parentss.

marie... mariesmama

we took the high chair away when she put herself into it at around 1

Anna Maria Vaultterhaur

Not in a highchair...BUT in a grocery cart. He unstrapped himself stood up and fell overboard...Very scary moment..

nonmember avatar Sam

My 9 month old was in a high chair today at a restaurant and the locking clip broke while she was in it and she started standing up!

If I wasn't right there she would have fell, obviously babies/kids should always be watched in them.

heydo... heydooney

We were using the booster seat as instructed, the kind that looks like a camping chair and straps to the kitchen chair. He pushed off with his feet and was over backwards in a matter of seconds. He was fine, thankfully, but after that we moved the table so he sat with his back against the wall.

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