High chair

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A 1957 model high chair by Cosco
Baby in wooden high chair, about 1935
High chair – Open-air museum Cloppenburg, Germany

A high chair is a piece of furniture used for feeding older babies and younger toddlers. The seat is raised a fair distance from the ground, so that a person of adult height may spoon-feed the child comfortably from a standing position (hence the name). It often has a wide base to increase stability. There is a tray which is attached to the arms of the high chair, which allows the adult to place the food on it for either the child to pick up and eat or for the food to be spoon-fed to them.

A booster chair is meant to be used with a regular chair to boost the height of a child sufficiently. Some boosters are a simple monolithic piece of plastic. Others are more complex and are designed to fold up and include a detachable tray.

Rarely, a chair can be suspended from the edge of the table avoiding the need for an adult chair or a high chair.

Potential accidents[edit]

High chairs can result in child-related accidents.[1][2]

Safety standards[edit]

The EU standard EN 14988:2017+A1:2020 has been published in 2020 by the European Committee for Standardization.[3]


  1. ^ Powell, Elizabeth C.; Jovtis, Edward; Tanz, Robert R. (2002-07-01). "Incidence and Description of High Chair-Related Injuries to Children". Ambulatory Pediatrics. 2 (4): 276–278. doi:10.1367/1539-4409(2002)002<0276:IADOHC>2.0.CO;2. ISSN 1530-1567. PMID 12135401.
  2. ^ Mayr, J. M.; Seebacher, U.; Schimpl, G.; Fiala, F. (1999). "Highchair accidents". Acta Paediatrica. 88 (3): 319–322. doi:10.1111/j.1651-2227.1999.tb01104.x. ISSN 1651-2227. PMID 10229045. S2CID 221411419.
  3. ^ "Children's high chairs - Requirements and test methods". European Committee for Standardization. 2020-02-19. Retrieved 2022-05-01.