Letters to the Editor

Safe seat

June 18, 2008


To the editor:

Recently, my husband and I took our baby to a restaurant and asked for a high chair. When my husband brushed the crumbs off of the seat, his finger was sliced with a piece of broken glass. He then found several other small shards embedded in the varnish. Had our baby, in her sundress, sat in that seat, her legs would have been shredded.

This was obviously an unusual situation, but it speaks to a larger problem we've encountered: the state of high chairs at restaurants. We frequently eat out with our baby. Many restaurants we've been to have high chairs with broken safety straps; most have chairs that haven't been wiped off in recent memory.

I like to think we're good customers: We treat staff with respect, clean up after our baby and do our best to make sure we don't bother other patrons. It would be nice if we could be sure the chair in which our child sits wasn't a safety or health hazard. A little basic maintenance is all we ask.

Katie Conrad,



davidsmom 9 years, 10 months ago

I have seen a lot of parents use quilted seat cushions with straps that attach to any chair, including the seat in a shopping cart. This is a way to not only protect your child from the surface of a high chair but to make any type of chair a safe seat for your baby. I plan to make sure I have one of those if/when I ever take my granddaughter out with us.

kappyblu 9 years, 10 months ago

I agree with davidsmom about the quilted seat cushions. But, Katie makes a valid point. A lot of restaurants do not make a point of cleaning the high chairs. Over the years, I have had to speak to many managers about the high chairs in their restaurant. Broken straps, cracked plastic, splintered wood, dirty, you name it. When they don't take care of the problem, they lose my business. That broken glass situation is one I have not seen, though. It was probably the result of a glass being broken and not cleaned up properly. How careless of them. They need to take better care of their customer's safety.I'm glad your little girl is ok! :-)

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