Having a toddler in your life is nothing short of exciting. Your new little shadow wants to do everything like you. From eating and cleaning to relaxing, being “big” is a must. As a result, you are likely on the hunt for quality toddler furniture. While there are more than a few options on the market today, there are a few considerations you should make to ensure you purchase a quality item. After all, the last thing you want is for your child to get hurt or for the furniture to break too soon.
While this can be a bit of an overwhelming challenge, there is a bit of good news. When you use the tips here, you can easily find the right chair for your little one.
Finding the Right Size Chair
Not all toddler chairs are going to be the right size for your short housemate. As a result, it is a good idea to take your toddler with you to try out a few chairs before you purchase this item. If you want to buy online (which is a great idea) you can get a measurement from one of the chairs your tyke fits in well at the store and use this as a point of reference when shopping online.
Remember, when your child is sitting in the chair, their feet should touch the floor when they are seated, but it isn’t necessary for them to sit flat on the floor. The goal is for your child to be able to sit and get up from the chair on their own. If they have trouble doing this, then the chair is likely too big.
A Sturdy Design
While you may love the look of one chair, you have to ask yourself if it is really the safest option. You can’t let safety come in second to the look of the chair. To ensure your child is safe, you need to find a chair that is able to hold up to (at least) 120 pounds. The majority of chairs available for sale are tested by the manufacturer to this weight, but you need to make sure this is the case.
Even though your child isn’t like to reach that weight during the time they will be using the toddler chair, you have to think about the way the child may use the chair. For example, they are likely going to knock it over, stand on it and handle it in other rough ways. With this higher weight limit, it means the chair will be able to stand up to that level of rougher play.
The majority of chairs designed for toddlers will have an age range of 18 months to four years. However, it is still a good idea to check the age recommendations before you make a purchase. This will ensure you don’t accidentally purchase a chair that is designed for bigger kids.
If you can’t find an age range on the chair, pay close attention to the measurements. This will give you a good idea of what size child should be using the item.
Basic wood or plastic chairs are ideal if your child and their friends are going to be using them at a table. However, if you want a chair for looking at books or watching television, then it may be best to choose an upholstered chair. If you want to make sure it coordinates with the other décor in the room, then you will be pleased to learn that there are now toddler chairs offered in materials and prints to match virtually any décor you may imagine. You can even find options to match your grown-up chairs.
As you can see, there are quite a few considerations you need to make when it comes time to purchase a chair for your toddler. The tips here should help to make the purchase decision a bit easier and narrow down the options. Keep in mind, your budget is also likely to impact this decision so make sure you don’t forget about that. In most cases, it is best to figure out what you have to spend before you go shopping. This will help you prevent overspending on the chair you purchase your toddler.
One final note, whatever chair you find, make sure that its placed well – most accidents happen when chairs arent put in the right location.