High Chair Boycott!

Megan - posted on 09/14/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My little guy is almost 18 months old and refuses to sit in a high chair or his car seat anymore. Anytime I try to put him in either of these he throws a tantrum, arches his back and slithers away! It takes a good five minutes to get him in the car and we feel like we can never go to restaurants for the next few years due to public fits. Anyone else having this problem and/or successfully counter this independent grown-up phenomenon? Thanks!

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Vivian - posted on 09/28/2010

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If my son squiggles while I'm trying to put him in, I give him a taste of food first so that he knows its mealtime. Then I give him a toy or place it on the tray before trying to put him in again. This usually works because he's distracted with chewing the food in his mouth and grabbing the toy, that he doesn't realize or mind that I'm slipping him into his chair.

Jessica - posted on 09/27/2010

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dude i would totally get him one of those seats that sits up to the table my daughter has been in one of those seats since 10months old and she does great also helps for when ur out and about they could use a booster (helps when when no high chair available too). also in my opion ur the mom and he is just pushing bounderies you need to get down on his level and tell him sometimes there will be times where he needs to what mommy wants you to do not what (his name) wants to do!!!

Zahra - posted on 09/26/2010

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My son sometimes does that. But he realises he isn't going to get fed if he isn't in his highchair and he wont go out if he doesn't go in his car seat. Normally if I say No really loud he'll stop.

Jennifer - posted on 09/25/2010

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I got my children a kid sized tea table... my son and daughter both sit in the chairs by themselves... my son still has a hard time not wandering every now and then but if I keep reminding him, he will sit.

Christi - posted on 09/25/2010

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My little one like to climb into her highchair. We dont use the tray and she gets her plate set on the table like everyone else. We just push her chair right up to the table and she loves it.

Deborah - posted on 09/24/2010

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We have been in a booster for a while its much better he can sit at table with the family.

Vanessa - posted on 09/22/2010

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i have the same thing at the moment, he wants to sit at the table with the other 2 kids, so we have him in a booster chair that has buckles so he is still safe and he is loving it. As for the carseat, try and distract him with food or drink etc or let him climb in, these sometimes work and sometimes dont, with my older children they did the same thing and they do grow out of it

Helen - posted on 09/16/2010

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I have to go with the booster seat too, my little boy loves sitting at the table with us and eats so much better

Danielle - posted on 09/16/2010

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My son never boycotted the Highchair, infact I did... It was big bulky got so dirty all the time, and was always in the way. We have a bar style kitchen table, and I didn't feel comfortable putting My son in that, so I pulled out the Toddler Table! And to my surprise, he sits, and eats more now, than he ever did in his high chair. Yes, sometimes it gets messy, but thats a fact of life. If i know its ganna be a messy meal, I drop a towel down, and sit with him while he eats, just in case he wants a little help with the spoon to mouth task. But this little toddler table was exactly what he needed. A little independence, and something yummy in his tummy. Hope this helps!

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Try a booster seat instead? Sometimes it's not the highchair so much as it is wanting autonomy.

My son does the same back-arch slither squirm scream tantrum for carseats. I now give him a little box of raisins or a favourite toy before trying to get him in the seat. It sometimes works.

Chelsea - posted on 09/14/2010

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my daughter did the same thing a while back and i noticed she likes climbing in it by herself when she isnt supose to to so i lowered the setting to the lowest point and put a step stool next to it, i leave the tray off so now i ask her to go get in her chair if she wants to eat, she runs over and climbs in all i do is put the tray on. Also i dont know how you are about feeding or letting snack not in a chair but my daughter has to be either in her high chair or in a regualr chir to get food, she now knows the only way she gets to eat is if she goes to sit in her chair, as for resteraunts have you tried using a basic booster seat instead of a high chair, you will be seated next to him so he will still be safe but he might feel like a big kid and it might be enough to make him happy. Try the same with his car seat, let him climb in by himself or with a little help and encourage him to help buckel him self

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