My 15 month old hates the highchair.. We eat with him but he just hate being in there. I've tried taking the dinners over approach but then he has a resettles night. He will run around, come over for a few bites, then run away again, come back etc and will finish his meal this way. He gets very upset if I try and keep him in the chair.
Any advice, ideas or strategies would be appreciated :-)
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14-06-2016 20:59 #1Junior Member
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Feeding in the highchair
14-06-2016 21:02 #2
At that age, I'd just put a bowl of fingerfood out for him and let him come and go. Or sit on the floor with him like a picnic so he's not so restricted, but he can still share with you and see you eating too (which tends to be good for them).
14-06-2016 21:04 #3
Feeding in the highchair
Hmm that's a tough one. For me, sitting down for eating is non negotiable so I would either try an alternative seat such as a bumbo ( on the floor) or a booster seat on a dining chair or persist with the high chair with some distractions such as toys, tv, grated cheese etc till he tolerates it better. I think you'll run into issues if he gets into the habit of being able to run around while eating in terms of going out places/ day care / restaurants etc
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14-06-2016 21:53 #4Senior Member
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This was us until I discovered the iPad, tv not as good for my ds... Put the right iPad cartoon in and I have the time to feed him, despite him being a slow chewer.... Oh the stress saved if I'd have worked this out sooner....
14-06-2016 22:43 #5
My DD2 wouldn't eat in the high chair at the same age. She would happily eat at the little IKEA table and chairs though.
14-06-2016 22:48 #6
Subbing. I have a 10 month old who hates it as well.
14-06-2016 23:15 #7
I think plenty of high chairs on the market are very uncomfortable. I would not sit and eat well in them. Is the chair padded, reclined appropriately, with a ledge for the feet to rest on? If I was very sure that the chair was comfortable then I would tell my child that we sit up to eat. If you dont want to eat then no problem I will get you down. If you change your mind then come and sit up. They could come back at any time until I was finished eating and had packed away. If you don't come and eat then there will be no food until morning tea/lunch/arvo tea/dinner or whatever is next. I would probably do morning and arvo tea sitting on a mat on the floor (to give another option therefore helping me to workout if the problem is comfort or habit) but I would insist meals are at the table.
I think meal time boundaries are very different from family to family so I understand that many would approach this problem differently. I do think it's important to work out your own family rules and stick to them. Good luck. X
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15-06-2016 06:18 #8Senior Member
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15-06-2016 06:26 #9
At that age I didn't worry about sitting and eating - which is actually very important to me. I am a 'we all sit at the table and eat at the same time, no phones, no TV kind of person' BUT it didn't work with DS2 at that age.
So I let it go. Let him eat at a small table or made a picnic on the floor. He is now 3.5 years and has no trouble sitting at the table for meals (barely eats but that is a whole other issue!). He will sit for the duration of the meal.
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15-06-2016 07:55 #10
The temperament of each child I'm sure makes a difference as to how adaptable they are between different situations, and to how capable they are of ever sitting still!
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