Why Highchairs Need Adjustable Footrests

Guest post by Kayla Richardson
Speech and Language Pathologist and Feeding Specialist, M.S., CCC-SLP, CLC



If an adjustable footrest is so important for feeding, you may be wondering why most high chairs on the market don't come with this feature. The truth is, every feeding specialist on the planet is asking the same exact question!

Most feeding specialists (SLPs and OTs) agree, an adjustable footrest is a non-negotiable when it comes to making sure your child is supported in their high chair for mealtimes. If you haven't already read my post about supporting your baby's upper body for meal, you can find it here. The most ideal position for your child during a meal is a 90-90-90 position. This means your child's hips, knees and feet are at a 90 degree angle. This position ensures the best support for the body and allows for controlled movement in the hands and mouth.

One of the major problems with the beloved IKEA Antilop high chair is the missing footrest. It leaves your child's feet dangling, which can lead to shorter mealtimes, squirming in the seat, distracted eating and poor oral motor control. Adding the @yeahbabygoods footrest to this high chair is a game changer. Not only does it provide much needed support, but the adjustable feature means you can move the footrest to achieve that optimal 90-90-90 position as your child grows! Need a visual? Check out this video which demonstrates how babies and adults alike crave a stable place to rest our feet!

Klein. Pre-feeding Skills: A Comprehensive Resource for Feeding Development. Tucson, Ariz: Therapy Skill Builders, 1987. Print

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