We are supposed to be inheriting an antique timber high chair that has been through three generations now. I'm not keen as I'm not sure of safety. I wondere under what circumstances would an antique item be safe and which brands of high chair are safest a if we bought a new one?
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26-10-2013 13:42 #1
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Antique furniture items for kids, such as cots or high chairs, can be problematic. They aren't necessarily unsafe, but they certainly weren't made with current safety standards and knowledge in mind. Check the high chair has:
- a harness, preferably a five-point harness with shoulder, waist and crotch straps;
- sturdy construction: make sure no joints are loose and all parts are still strong;
- stability: it should be resistant to toppling backward, forward and sideways.The legs should spread out to provide a stable base;
- no moving parts, holes or gaps that could trap or crush a child's fingers or limbs (or your own when you lift or fold it);
- no sharp points or edges.
Other features worth having include foot rests, an adjustable or reclining seat, a tray, and height adjustment.
We reviewed recent model high chairs earlier this year and found several to recommend; here's the report, which includes more information on what to look for in a high chair.
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