Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Does Your High Chair Fit Your Baby?

Our nutritionist noticed that Emily's feet do not reach her high chair's foot rest. This may not seem like a big deal, but can you imagine eating dinner on a bar stool and not being able to plant your feet on the stool's foot rest?  Would you feel stable?  Would you feel comfortable?  And, most importantly, would you enjoy your meal?
Although Emily has an adjustable high chair, the foot rest still doesn't reach her feet. So, we improvised by placing a Kleenex box on top of her foot rest and securing it with tape to the legs of the high chair. Emily's feet touch the Kleenex box and allow her to plant her feet while eating. It is my hope that this simple modification will help Emily feel more comfortable and improve her eating.
Does your high chair's foot rest reach your baby's feet?  If not, it's not the end of the world. You can easily improve your baby's feeding environment and create a modified foot rest using common household items.  All that you will need is masking tape and some sort of structure that will serve as a foot rest. We found that a Kleenex box provided Emily with a foot rest at the appropriate height. However, other household items, such as a stack of books, a baby wipe container, or a shoe box may work. 

Preemie Blessings wishes you a great day and lots of luck modifying your baby's high chair, if changes are needed!


  1. We had one of those seats that just went in a normal chair, so it didn't really have a foot rest, per say.

    1. An Ordinary Housewife - Thanks for sharing your personal experience with me. I'm hoping that some simple changes will help my low-volume preemie feel more comfortable and encourage more eating. Fingers crossed! Thanks for reading my blog post. Have a wonderful evening! -Michelle

  2. That is such a good idea. I wish I would have done that when my daughter was smaller.

    Michelle F.

  3. I have a 13 year old niece who is petite (18lbs and 28 inches tall). I babysit her 1-2 days a week and the highchair that I have is older and isn't adjustable and her feet dont' come close to hitting the fotorest. I'll have to see about adding something while she's in it. I put her 3 year old brother in it when he wants to play with playdough, paint or use scissors and although his legs are a tiny bit long (his knees pop up a tiny bit) he's a much better fit for the footrest than she is, I bet it would have been a perfect fit around 2.5 years old for him. I'm not sure why so many high chair companies put the footrest so low.

  4. I was just wondering if my son is too big for his! Now that he can reach the foot rest.....he stands up. The straps hold him but.....Yay :) Boys.