High Chair Tray

A high chair tray is designed to attach to the arms of a baby high chair. Having a high chair tray is ideal as it provides a durable surface for placing baby tableware and creating a comfortable area for your baby while eating. High chair trays come in varying types such as detachable models, those that swing to the side or those that have arms that swing upwards to lift the tray overhead. The advantage of using a high chair tray is that it is removed easily for cleaning and storage when it is not in use. Independent high chair trays are more versatile and generally safer than injection molded trays that are one with the body of a high chair.

What to Look for

When shopping for a high chair tray, look for one that is easy to clean and easy to use. Before making your purchase, try operating the tray with one hand, as this will probably be how you will be using it as your other hand will be on your baby. The tray needs to slide out easily when you want it to, but your baby should not be able to move it from its location. Check that all tray latches are inaccessible or invisible to your child. A good high chair tray should have a rim that is high enough to prevent food from spilling onto the floor. Many high chair trays come with dishwasher safe toppers as well as removable inserts for placement of various items. A high chair tray should be smooth and safe, with no sharp areas or holes that may cause injury to your baby.

Common Pitfalls

Some high chair trays come as formfitting models that coincide with the structure of a high chair. Normally these models are not certified to meet industry safety standards so it is best to pass them by. Check to see that the high chair tray you intend to buy is made according to these important safety standards to ensure that they are durable and will not crack or break while your baby is enjoying her meal.

About this Author

Michele Kadison began writing as a child. Stories and journal writing helped form her voice, which she developed by majoring in Creative Writing at Hamilton College, N.Y. She is a regular contributor for various online sites, writing articles on a wide variety of subjects. Her recent creative work includes several scripts, a scripted ballet, and a book of short stores.