Tried again today and it really didnt work. She would not stay in her seat, she barely ate anything, she was up and down getting toys and dolls to feed and all kinds of things.
Finally i said either youre done or you sit down, she wouldnt stay in her seat so she was all done, huge tantrum of course, I gave her the option of eating in her high chair if she was still hungry, she wasnt.
Everything is a huge tanrtum these days those....
It was just such a mess, We ate rice and tofu and chard, rice sticking everywhere, sauce everywhere. Thank god I have 2 dogs haha
Sitting in the high chair is a huge fight though too.
When did you transition?
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That being said, I have a toddler table but we don't use it for meals. Like the PPs, we skipped the highchair altogether and have a booster. The babes sit at the table with us, whenever we are actually sitting there!
We're transitioning him to eat at the dining table in the high chair (FP space saving chair that sits on a regular dining room chair) without the tray. It's still very messy, so we do that only with neater foods. Rice, curry, pasta with red sauce...these are all still eaten in the regular high chair with the tray.
We probably won't use the children's table for meals, except perhaps when he has a friend over to share it. We don't like him running around with food.
DS, 10/07. Allergies: peanut, egg, wheat. We've added dairy back in. And taken it back out again. It causes sandpaper skin with itchy patches and thrashing during sleep. Due w/ #2 late April, 2012.
My DDs are never keen on high chairs: they ate from our laps when young, then transit to booster chair directly. DD2 accepts it sometimes when she was 12-20m but not anymore. They can leave when they're done, but they have to finish swallowing what they were chewing on. And no, we can't have the kids sit down and eat for longer than 10 minutes either!
Ds2 is 21 months and is making the transition from high chair at the table (not a tray) to kooshie booster. The only problem we are having is not enough chairs to go around and dd3 doesn't want to use the high chair. :
Now, if he was fighting the chair or otherwise unhappy, we'd revisit it. As it is, this works for us.
Get a step chair or a booster seat. Have her eat at the table like a "big" person. Keep the child's table and chairs for snack time and play time--coloring, crafts, etc.
For meals, food stays on the table and we have a kaboost (under the chair booster) so she can get up and down and come and go as she wishes.
We switched her at about 20 months mainly because she was rocking her highchair (the kind that sits on a regular chair) and it wasn't safe. She can't rock the chair now that it has the kaboost on it.
|Yeah, sometimes he doesn't sit as long as I'd like, but for us it was more important to respect his growing need for independence and mastery of new skills.|
If she's bringing dolls to the table to feed them, that's GREAT, IMO. She understands what's "supposed" to be happening even if she can't quite do it herself yet (ie, sit and eat, focused-like) and this kind of imaginative play is EXACTLY how they "practice" these skills.
I'm of two minds about the "kids table" issue. I think that a kid-sized table that respects their independence and abilities (and size!) is great. But I also think that being part of the family table is great. Besides which, it helps for them to be able to observe the adults' table behaviour in order to imitate and emulate it.
We have several kid-sized tables around the house and she will sometimes eat snacks at them, and uses them for drawing, playing, etc. But at the dinner table she just sits in the regular chair. We gave up the high chair around15-16mo and in hindsight might have gave it up even sooner. We used a booster for a few months but it was very quickly, just as easy to simply let her sit in the big chair on her own. She gets up and down on her own, gets her own water from the fridge, gets her own dishes and cutlery, she actually has great table manners (for a 2yo heh), cleans up her spills, uses her napkin, etc etc.
We dont have a dinning room table, dd's play tabl and chairs, next to her play kitchen in our dinning room ARE our dinning room set haha
We have a bar and stools in the kitchen, but we never really use it. So I bring my food and eat with her at her play table, we put on a special table cloth that we take off after the meal. Well we've only done it once now haha
Went back to the high chair. We have a svan, and I eat at the bar so its kind of like in the high chair she is at the table.
I guess its a good idea to do snacks at her table, not messy stuff. Maybe I will try to take the tray off the high chair. She also has a learning tower and i've tried to have her eat in that but it just doesnt work for messy things like rice and sauce or pasta, soup things like that. She;s not a big meal eater anyway though, more of a snacker
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