My DD is 27 months and still sits in her highchair for all meals and for painting. I feel fortunate, because when I look around it seems like she is the only kid her age still sitting (nicely) in one and still wearing a bib! I am enjoying it as long as she will do it! When we sit her on a chair or a booster or at her little picnic table she will not stay sitting still and makes a mess, as soon as we buckle her in her highchair, she sits like an angel!
We moved dd out of the high chair and to a booster seat at the table sometime around 14 months or so.<br><br>
Mostly I was just sick of cleaning the high chair, and our kitchen is so tiny, it was taking up a lot of space.<br><br>
The way I saw it, having her buckled into a booster seat at the table wasn't any different than a high chair. And she seemed to like it to.
We moved ds out of his high chair when he started showing interest in sitting at the table with us (apparently the high chair pulled up to the table wasn't close enough! LOL). We went to the strapped in booster at about 14-15 months, and then he didn't want to be strapped, so we have just a booster seat that he used for awhile. Now, at 21 months, even though he's not quite tall enough, he just sits at the table with us in a chair.<br><br>
<sigh> I miss the easy clean up of the high chair! Thank heavens for non-cloth placemats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
ETA: Just wanted to say, follow your babe's cues. If the highchair is working for you guys, then it's working!
Ds started showing interest in sitting at the table with us at about 16 months or so.... We bought him a booster seat and he loves it... he hasn't once looked back at that high chair (and I'm SO glad I don't have to clean it anymore! LOL) He seems to love the independence of getting in and out of his seat by himself....and sitting at the table like a big boy
<span><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';">My ds was about 13 or 14 months old when he started to sit at the table.... He just hated being strapped in his high chair.... He has ALWAYS been independant since birth. Always doing things when he wanted to. Was even born in the back of my van because HE wanted to be..... That is just how Thomas is..... Very independant.... Now my other boys were later with sitting at the table..... I think most of them were around 1 1/2 close to 2</span></span>
We moved DS to a booster seat at 10 months. It was easier to clean and saved a lot of floor space (since we would have the dining room chair at the table anyway). The booster also seems to fit him better. It has a little tray that is at a much better height for him and fits better in the dishwasher. If I could do it again I would have never bought the high chair at all. We barely used it. Our booster seat is a fold-up Safety 1st model I got at a yard sale for $5. I think they are only $15 or so new.
Hi everyone, just wanted to say that when I moved DS from a highchair at about 18months I got one of the Eurochairs from one step ahead, it is like the kinderseat just cheaper, I read alot of reviews on it and found the best deal through threads here on MDC, anyway I love it and I really think he will use it for the rest of his childhood, I will get a second one when we have another child, they really are great, every adult including DH is drawn to sitting in it, I have to keep telling them to get off :LOL<br>
We also have a plastic booster that we keep in the car for restuarants and it works really well too
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These days (he's almost 2 1/2), we sometimes use the tray and he sometimes sits right up at the table without it. I like having that option and still having him strapped in so that he stays in one place. This one has worked well for us.
Colin moved out of the highchair at about 14-15 months-he started to reduse sitting in it. He would fight the strap, whine, stand up and climb out. I wasn't about to force him, so he started sitting at the table in a booster, and now at 25 months he loves to be a big kid and sit in a regular chair....<br>
...unfortunately he will not sit down nicely for long anymore. We are constantly telling him to sit back down during meals. I say leave your dc in there if they are happy with it for now! Enjoy it if they sit nice and eat! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
On the other hand, I have a niece that was sitting in a highchair at 3 1/2-4 yrs, and I think that was a bit much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
We have the Svan chair, and removed the infant high chair part at about 16 months. She simply didn't like having the tray there and wanted to be at the table. Now she sits in the chair at the table with us (it just makes her higher) or at a regular chair, because she really likes to sit the same way as the rest of us sometimes.<br>
But whatever works for you is great.
My DD is still in a high chair because we don't have a table. Our "dining area" in our apt was so dinky we chose to use it for an office space instead. DH eats at diff times because of his work schedule, so most meals are w/ DD in high chair and me either in my rocker w/ plate in my lap or at the desk in front of the computer.<br><br>
We practice good manners when we eat out, though, and she always sits up to the table in a restaurant high chair and does fine. If we had a table, that's what I'd do w/ her now--take the tray off the high chair and sit her up to the table w/me.
We just moved ds to a booster seat last week, and he is 14 months.<br><br>
I can tell he likes it better because in the hc he would spend part of the time protesting the chair and not eating! But now he eats til he's done/full, and gets down! Sometimes sooner than I would like if I havent finished...but good overall. I am sure when he gets even more independant it may cause some issues...but I figure if he's hungry he will eat!
With both my kids, I stopped using the tray at around 12 months (just pulled the high chair up to the table) and stopped using the high chair at around 18 months (when they seemed to want to sit in a regular chair and I was sick of the high chair). But I think both kids' eating habits got worse when they moved to a regular chair. If your child is happy in the high chair I think it would be OK to use it a bit longer- maybe pull it up to the table instead of using the tray, if you aren't already doing that.
We just moved DS from his HC to a booster (has a snap in tray) last month. He's 21 months old now. He loves his big boy seat now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
wOW! We are definately in the minority with DD (27 mos) in a high chair! But it's working for us.<br>
We also have the booster seat for traveling but the problem with that is the tray is so close to her body that the bibs with the little area to catch food gets caught up on the tray.
DD is 22 months and is now in a booster seat. Has been for the past month...would have been a lot sooner but we just never made the change before now. I say, whatever works go with it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">