High chair problems??

Kristen - posted on 02/16/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My 20 month old son will not sit in his high chair. He sets in it for a few minutes then he will stand up and I'm concerned with him falling. I'm always right there with him but we have a wooden high chair that doesn't have straps. Just wondering how many other May 2009 babies are doing this? And how have you handled it? No matter what I do he will not sit and if I sit him back down he screams. He's only in there for meals. Have you switched to a booster type seat or one of those that attaches to the table? I'm wondering if he would be happier in something else I want meal times to be enjoyable!
When do they usually stop using high chairs?

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Belinda - posted on 02/20/2011

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I put my son who is also 20mths old He was refusing to be straped in at first then he wanted to sit in the "big" chair. he gets up constantly & climbes on the table & when we tell him to sit down he then causes a fuss & starts grabing and throwing...need less to say I am now straping him in a high chair lol. good luck

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Angela - posted on 03/03/2011

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i got my daughter a booster chair that straps onto our dining room chairs. she loves it!! it lets her sit at the table like my husband and I!!

Stephanie - posted on 03/02/2011

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we had that problem too and we switch to a booster seat. i think that my daughter wanted to feel like she was at the table with the family instead of off to the side. it made all the difference in the world and i haven't had a problem since.

Susan - posted on 03/01/2011

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How funny that this post came out today, for the first time this evening we put our son in a regular chair at the table. He was constantly standing up in his highchair and if we put the straps on him he screamed, he is also in the stage where we wants to do everything his 3 year old brother is doing and wanted to sit in big boy chair like him. We bought the chair at Ikea and its higher then our regular chairs so it's perfect for him.

Miriam - posted on 02/28/2011

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Hi. I've been using some of the Montessori ideas with my son. I have a small table and chair set which I started using for snack time a year ago. He thinks he's "grown up" when he sits there. I've just worked with him (rewards when he sat and removal of food when he didn't) until he got it. It wasn't too long til he did. At meals he has a booster that has straps but we rarely use now, other than when he wants them buckled. I have friends who's little ones are still in high chairs and aren't ready yet. If he's telling you that he wants out, try it. He's ready for a booster. We do have one that attaches to the side of tables that we kept in the car for when we were at restaurants, I loved it, and so did my son. Good luck!

Megan - posted on 02/25/2011

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My daughter stopped sitting in her highchair around 18 months. She wanted to sit in a chair like us so we got her a booster. I also sit with her at her little table a lot for meals when her dads working :)

Jelena - posted on 02/24/2011

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We started using a child size table and chair(no straps or nothing, Ikea sells them for 20$), when he was 18months old. It wasn't easy but he likes food too much to resist :P, and I had to give up on my rule no toys when eating, so now he is excited bringing few small cars to his table when it's meal time...ahh what can you do, choose your battles :P

Taira - posted on 02/22/2011

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If your highchair is the old wooden style with a flip up tray try putting the tray up and pulling it right up to the table. That helped with our daughter.
Mine loves the high chair at daycare and fusses in the booster seat at home, she'd rather sit on an adult chair. We let her do it if one of us can sit beside her, if I'm busy in the kitchen she has to stay in the booster with a seatbelt on.

Ashley - posted on 02/21/2011

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hello, my son is 21 months..i have never had a problem with him sitting in his highchair. he climbs in for a few mins gets back out to make sure im getting his food ready (lol) and then runs over to get back in it. i bought his highchair the day of his first birthday party which was a day before his actual birthday. i plan to use it as long as he fits in it. if you are having this problem u might consider getting him a booster seat. some kids just like to feel big and set at the table with the rest of the family. good luck to ya!

Jennifer - posted on 02/20/2011

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My twin girls will be 21 months this week and although u don't have a problem with them sitting in their high chairs, I've transitioned them to sitting at their own table with their chairs for mealtime...We bought an adorable table from Pottery Barn Kids with chair just their size & they love it..Good Luck

Debbie - posted on 02/20/2011

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We bought the one that you attach to the chair. He just tries to avoid it often. Unless he is hungry then he is right there. Thanks for the response!

Ashley - posted on 02/20/2011

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My daughter and my friends son did this. Thet are both may 2009, we now let them sit at the table in regular chairs, but our highchairs do have straps for when we need them. If your not ready for that yet, they make the highchairs that strap to the chair and buckle. Then he's at the table, but you dont have to worry about eating and roaming.

Kathryn - posted on 02/20/2011

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I have got rid of the highchair and instead I have a little table and chair set that my daughter sits at for her meals

Debbie - posted on 02/19/2011

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I think that we are going to be there soon. Every thing seems to be happening so fast.

Tara - posted on 02/19/2011

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My daughter started that a month or so ago. We just switched her to sitting in a regular chair, and it has worked out great for us. The chair she sits in is a little taller, so she can still reach the table pretty well.

Debbie - posted on 02/18/2011

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I agree. I think it has to do with his older brother. Cooper likes doing everything with his older brother. Last night they ate dinner sitting next to each other.

Romina - posted on 02/18/2011

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We've been using a plastic booster chair from aldi since our little one was 9 months old. He'll be 2 in May and there is still plenty of leg room. It folds down into a small box shape with a handle and is really handy to take on picnics or to dinners. It comes apart and you can put the whole lot in the dishwasher, or just wash it up. You can get similar ones at Big W or Target (I think they are Fisher Price but are a bit more expensive). Just check the leg room. We tried fitting him in lots of versions, but some were very small in terms of leg room. My niece is still using hers, and she's nearly 3. You can strap it to a chair or place it on a large bench top ot table (only if your bub doesn't move much)

Marissa - posted on 02/17/2011

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My son is 20mnths as well he hates his highchair and screams when I try to put him in, he has a big sister and likes to do whatever she is doing.. We also bought an attachable seat but he hates that as well.. So now he just uses a booster like his big sister and that has worked for us!

Debbie - posted on 02/17/2011

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We are now using the booster chair. The high chair wasn't working for us. The booster has worked because he likes sitting at the table like his big brother. However he avoids it too. He has realized that he is belted in to the seat.

Carrie - posted on 02/17/2011

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I have a highchair that straps onto a chair & that's what I have always used for both of my daughters and I have never had a problem with either of them standing up in the highchair. I would switch to something with straps & that should make mealtime more enjoyable : ) Good Luck

Nicole - posted on 02/17/2011

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My daughter has been in a booster seat since just before Thanksgiving. She started screaming and fighting with us when we put her in her highchair. She's been very socialable with the family and always wants to do what others are doing. it turns out, she just wanted to sit at the table with us. Since we got her the booster seat for the table, we've had no problems and she doesn't make as big as mess compared to when she did sit in the highchair. Honestly it wouldn't hurt to switch, you'll probably get there someday anyway right? When to stop highchairs depends on the baby I think since my daughter has been in a booster since 18 months.

Sandie - posted on 02/16/2011

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hiya, my son is 21 months, he also somtimes does this!! our highchair has straps so we strap him in at home, but if we're out at a friends or something, then if he wont sit still then he doesnt get his food, he wants to walk about with his food but i worry about choking and the mess so i just take the food away and let him run about, he soon comes back to sit in his chair when hes run a bit of energy off and is hungry again. not sure what age they stop using high chairs, different for every child i think, maybe worth a try in a booster.

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