Going out to eat with the family is a great way to spend time together and also not feel trapped inside the house. Make it easy for parents to relax and enjoy their meal by providing a safe place for kids and babies to sit during the visit. High chairs, boosters, and infant carriers are all great for restaurants to have in order to provide the best experience for parents. What do you need to know while shopping for kids restaurant seating? Let’s review.
On June 19, 2019, new regulations and standards of safety were set in place regarding high chairs to help reduce incidents, injuries and death related incidents. The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System reports that between 2015 and 2016, there were more than 18,500 high chair-related injuries that had to be treated in emergency rooms in the United States. To help prevent these injuries, the new regulations require all high chairs made or imported after June 19, 2019 to have smaller leg openings, increased warning labels, a passive crotch restraint, and a three-point seat belt to keep the child restrained. All of these new regulations aim to prevent the high chair from tipping over or to prevent the child from falling (climbing) out.
Restaurants are not required to purchase new high chairs for their dining room as a result of the new regulations. These new rules only apply to newly made or imported high chairs. However, it is recommended to purchase new high chairs that meet these standards to ensure your littlest guests are safe during their visit.
High Chairs and Booster Seats are used in restaurants to provide a safe place for babies to sit during a meal. Units are designed for babies to sit in highchairs and use a three-point harness to keep them from falling or climbing out. Ensure that all units are properly assembled and straps are in working order to provide to best possible experience.
Additionally, for the safety of subsequent babies to visit your restaurant, it is important to always fully wipe the high chair clean. Use a wet cloth to remove crumbs and slobber to avoid bugs and mold from caked on accumulated food.
Please note that highchairs should never be turned upside down to balance an infant carrier. This is not their designed intention and can cause the carrier to fall and harm infants.
High chairs are available in wood and plastic construction with each boasting their own advantages.
- Wood high chairs provide durable, high style are available in black, dark, mahogany, and natural finishes depending on the setting that they are used in. Stack to save valuable storage space.
- Plastic constructed high chairs are commonly made from nonporous molded plastic, polyethylene, and polypropylene to make it easy to clean between uses.
High Chairs vs. Booster Seats vs. Infant Seat Cradle
Restaurants have several options when it comes to seating kids and babies. Depending on the layout of your restaurant and the clientele, operators may not need all options. Let’s review the options to find what is best for your operations.
- High chairs are a great option for a wide range of ages (approximately 6 months to 3 years) that help parents keep their child in one place while they enjoy a great meal. They sit on the floor to put the baby at table height. Take the time to find the best tables and positions for the high chair that will not interrupt the flow of servers and guests being seated. The safety of these children should be a top priority!
- Booster Seats are great options for slightly older children (3 years – 6 years) who may not be able to sit at table height otherwise. Boosters are available in a variety of styles, but it is always best to have the option for straps for the safety of the child.
- Tip: invest in a booster seat intended for use in a booth for added safety in a setting where a high chair is not ideal!
- Infant Seat Cradles are great for welcoming new parents into your restaurant! These cradles give a safe place for infants to rest while parents enjoy a nice meal out. These cradles are designed to allow infant car seats to safely rest at the perfect angle in the cradle. Car seats are not intended to hold babies outside of the car seat base or other specifically designed holder. Doing so can pose serious danger to infants due to their angle in the seat.
Restaurant owners are given several choices when it comes to kids seating. Find the best unit for your operations with choices from top vendor partners such as Koala Kare Products, GET Enterprises, Rubbermaid, Tomlinson, Winco, and Value Series! Still have questions? One of our expert product consultants is ready to help at 800-215-9293!
Hope has been a Content Specialist since November 2015, where she brings to the table years of experience in the food service industry in a variety of roles. Throughout her time with Central, Hope has focused on learning all things possible about everything from cooking equipment to concession and specialty products in order to empower operators with education on commercial equipment and supplies. Hope is a wife, new mom, avid crafter, and food lover (french fries please!).