The price tag for child-friendly child-centric chairs has jumped by $1,000 over the past five years.
A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association suggests that child-centered chairs are actually more affordable than their counterparts for parents who don’t have children.
The study, published Monday, found that the average cost of a child-shaped chair was $17.73, while the average price for a child seat was $14.82.
The study found that child seats are also more popular among adults and that adults spend an average of $1.29 on child-sized chairs, compared to $1 on child seats.
The researchers also found that parents spend a greater amount of time with their children than do parents with children, and that children spend a higher percentage of their waking hours with their parents than do adults.
The AAP and the Heart Association report that parents who have children spend an estimated $4.7 billion per year on their kids’ activities, including playing and interacting with the child, and the two groups are equally likely to spend money on other aspects of the child’s life.
The American Academy has previously warned parents against buying child-related products.
It says that the high prices of child-specific items can be a barrier for parents to spend their money on necessities.
The organization said that the findings were “not surprising,” given the costs of child seats and other child-focused items.
It also said that more research is needed to confirm whether there are differences between child-oriented and child-restrictive chairs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get a seat for every child from 3 months old through 6 years old.