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This standard also calls for compliance with at least 1 of the international standards, so we refer to the European Standard EN 14988.
In New Zealand, these standards are voluntary, but we recommend choosing a high chair that complies with these standards.
We also look at how easy the chair is to clean. We apply Weetbix and milk, spaghetti and tomato sauce and baby food to different areas of the chair (the tray, seat back and padding, as well as the harness). We then let it dry overnight and rate ease of cleaning for each of these areas on a scale from “very easy” (residue is easily removed using a kitchen cloth) to “very hard” (needs thorough scrubbing or washing). This is then converted to a score.
The overall score consists of 70% performance and 30% ease of cleaning.
We also note how easy it is to assemble and operate the high chair. Highchairs tested since 2016 have an “ease of use” score but it doesn’t contribute to the overall score.