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-Chocolate is the eighth wonder. Warm chocolate, the ninth. Just seconds in the microwave, and indulgence is served. Betty Crocker Warm Delights. You're just three minutes from heaven. -If you're having a baby, one of the essential pieces of furniture you'll eventually be buying is a high chair. I'm Juli Auclair with Parents TV. And we are at Albee Baby-- it's a fantastic baby store in New York City-- where we're gonna take a look at some of the latest models on the market. But first, senior lifestyle editor of American Baby Magazine, Jessica Hartshorn, has some very important information about high chair safety. -Your baby's ready for a high chair when they can sit by themselves and sort of support their own head. If you start them too early, like 3 or 4 months, they might still be that sort of slumpy newborn baby. And then, they're not gonna be able to swallow correctly. They're not gonna be comfortable on a high chair. A baby is really ready to eat solids at 5 or 6 months when they can sit and sort of hold their head up correctly. And 6 months is generally when a pediatrician will tell you to start solids as well. Primarily, if a kid gets hurt in a high chair, it's because of a fall. There are about 9,000 to 10,000 emergency room visits a year due to high chairs-- 25 percent of those are really young kids, like under a year. And usually, it's because they've fallen out. Yeah. A lot of people don't register for a high chair. It's something that's not really on their radar until all of a sudden their baby's 5 or 6 months and ready to start solids. And they're like, "Oh, I need a high chair." You want to get one that's safe because even though you might only have this around for a year or two, your baby's gonna be sitting in it two or three times a day or maybe even a little more. So, you wanna look for one that's-- you know, the latest, the safest, and something that you're gonna like having around in your kitchen. -So, this is a piece of furniture that you are gonna have around your house for quite some time. So, there are a lot of things to think about before you buy the high chair. And joining me now is the general manager of Albee Baby, Frank Demato, and he's gonna help us figure out what's best. Thanks for joining us. -Thank you. -So, tell us what we need to consider before buying a high chair. -When you're looking to purchase a high chair, the main thing that you'd be looking for, stability of the product. -Uh-huh. -And you want certainly get a high chair that's sturdy in construction. -So, Frank, how many different types of high chair are there on the market right now? -I would say there are four to five different types of high chair that are currently on the market. -And what are they? -You have your traditional high chair-- -Uh-huh. -non-folding. You have a folding traditional high chair with multi-functions. You have your European-style chair. -This is very funky. -Yeah. It is. -Very different. New. -Very current, very European in style. -And the fourth one. -Fourth one would be a portable-type seat-- -Uh-huh. -That can attach to a standard adult chair. -And would you want this for a child who's a little bit bigger? Not necessarily your newborn or your infant. -Generally, they should be able to sit up fully. -Okay. -Six months, approximately. -Okay. -This is a hook-on type chair. -Uh-huh. -It hooks on to a table or to a counter top. -And that's really secure. I've always thought maybe it would fall off or tip the table. -You're actually tightening these brackets to make it secure. -And Frank, it's really important to have your baby strapped in, and never to just put them in with the tray. Why is that? -The reason would be-- to have a five-point harness-- because children have the ability to climb out-- -Uh-huh. -which is not safe. And children can slide underneath the tray. And by having these passive-- this crane system, it prevents that from happening. -All high chairs on the market have either a three-point harness or a five-point harness where it actually comes over the shoulders. The five-point harness is even a little safer. But a three-point harness should be, you know, fine for keeping a child sitting. And then of course, you always wanna be in the room with your child when they're in a high chair. It's not a good idea to run out and get the mail while your child's sitting in there. Just in case they try something crazy while they're there. If you wanna look on the box, just to make sure it's passed safety standards, you look for the JPMA certification. That's the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association seal. So, something that's been JPMA-certified means it's passed the latest safety standards. -Okay. - So, you should always look for safety and comfort when making any purchase for your baby. And remember, with so many choices available, you'll certainly find the perfect high chair for your little one. And we wanna hear your questions and comments. E-mail us at ideas@parents.tv. -Thank you for watching Parents TV. Our families, our lives.