highchair or booster?

Krissy - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 91 moms have responded )

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Has anyone made the transition from highchair to booster seat? I don't know when this is supposed to happen. Also, are any October '08 babies using utensils themselves when they eat?

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Jade - posted on 04/13/2010

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good question, i was wondering that myself..and yes my daughter is an October 08' baby..and shes a pro w/utensils ;)..but she still uses her fingers a lot lol, i guess cause it's the most easy thing to do...good luck!

Shannon - posted on 04/02/2010

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My daughter made the switch about 2 months ago. She longed to sit next to us instead of at the end of the table so we sat her in a booster seat and she was great.

Katie - posted on 03/31/2010

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Mine's already sitting in the normal chair, she was using the booster for about 4 months, but she let us know what she wanted (screaming in the booster, crawling into regular chairs and eating our food). She also been using forks for about 7 months now and a spoon for about 2 1/2 months... I just can't give her baby or toddler ones, she has to use big girl utensils or her food goes on the floor along with them :-)

Jessica - posted on 03/31/2010

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My son still sits in a high chair, but if we go out he will sit in a booster. I bought him some forks and spoons from The First Year...and he was just holding them and eating with the other hand, but now he is using a fork to eat...he doesn't use it all the time, but he tries. He also has been drinking out of a cup with a straw since he was 6 months old. He will not drink out of a regular sippy cup...only with straws or an adult cup.

Kelly - posted on 03/30/2010

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I am in the process of swapping our highchair out for the booster. He never really used a highchair- My son is already fluent with a fork, the spoon needs a little help with.

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he eats there since like 13 months and loves to be part of the "table".... he also loves using his utensils (gerber ones are really easy for him to use). He knows how to use them well and now does not like to use his hands.... he is 17 months old and has been using them correclty for like 2 months now.

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My daughter still uses a high chair..but it has adjustable heights, so when we have dinner, she is in line with the table. For short snack times she kneels on a chair at the table.



I think a high chair is still great for her main meals because it means she is eating properly and not running away from the table:-)



She loves to use a fork or spoon (and is good at using them) and always asks for a spoon before the meal.

Kim - posted on 03/28/2010

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Wow, Krissy - you must've read my mind because I was thinking about both of your questions yesterday. I too am interested in when to switch to a booster. My twins were born in Oct. '08 and they have figured out how to take off the tray to their high chair so I worry. My little guys have been "using" (and I use that term very loosely) utensils since they were about 14 months. They still struggle with getting things on a fork and have not mastered the spoon with liquid type meals, but I give them the utensils to give it a shot no matter what. Makes for a messy meal most of the time, but thank goodness we have dogs to clean it up. LOL!

Julia - posted on 03/28/2010

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my son still uses a highchair, he moves alot and tries to get out so for me its better to have him buckled in rather than sliding out. He uses a spoon pretty good, but like Stefanie said... soup is messy so I let him eat that with his hands. He loves to make the big mess every once in a while.

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We use a Chicco sassy seat, that attaches right to the table. She's been using it since 9 months old and prefers it to the high chair since she is at the table with the rest of us. Also, she wants her own silverware at mealtimes. She is sometimes unsuccessful using them, depending on what we're eating, but she is practicing. Most food that ends up in her mouth comes from her fingers, but she is getting better and won't eat unless her fork and spoon are available for her to decide if she can use it or not.

Allison - posted on 03/28/2010

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my daughter at this age was using spoons however my son isnt, as for a booster seat if u mean the ones in a car in australia they stay in their harness seat unil they are 4 then they can change into a booster seat.... if u mean a booster seat at the table if your baby will sit stil in one then try it asap both my kids have never used a high chair at all as babies they both liked standing up to eat kathleen now sits nicely at the table to eat but regan like to come to me for food then run away and come back for more, i know this is not the best method for a quick lunch or dinner but its what he is comfortable with....

Amanda - posted on 03/27/2010

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My daughter, is now in a boster up at the table and uses is very good at using both a spoon and a fork while eating. She ocasionaly gets frustrated when she is very hungry and digs in with both hands

Danielle - posted on 03/27/2010

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my daughter has been in a booster seat since she was able to sit up by herself. she does really well in it. she is also just starting to use utensils herself. i suggest getting bowls that suction cup to the table. gerber make a bowl/plate with a removable rim that allows them to scoop the food on the side and get it on the fork. they work great!

Vanessa - posted on 03/27/2010

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Hey krissy
I'm the same as a lot of the mums on this.
I put my son in to a booster seat at the table a few months ago and its been great.
He love being with the family not off to the side and uses his spoon no problems.
He lets me know when hes finished and I pop him down easy as.
Hope this helps
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Jackie - posted on 03/27/2010

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i use a booster seat with my son and he loves it!! I think that it makes him feel more like a big boy and he does not try to wiggle out as much. He also loves to use a fork but could careless about the spoon

Amy - posted on 03/27/2010

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my baby was born in october of 08 and she can use a fork but not super great we are still working with her on it she will put the food on the fork and then sometimes take it off before putting it in her mouth and sometimes will eat it off the fork.

Jessica - posted on 03/27/2010

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You can put your baby in one anytime...my son sits in both and hes also 17 months. and as for the utensiles no he doesnt use them all the time, he tries though and its cute! i think hes only made food to his mouth like once :)

Liena - posted on 03/19/2010

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Oh, forgot to answer your question baout utensils! Our daugh uses a spoon now though we still help her with it - the scooping part mostly. Although I think her daycare let's her try it on her own with little assistance and she seems to do fine. She still has difficulty with forks so we help her with that more. She sometimes uses her hands while using the spoon with the other hand and sometimes she wants to use the spoon only. I'm working on being ok with her getting messy when she uses her hands instead of the spoon but I do try and encourage spoon more than her hands. :)

Liena - posted on 03/19/2010

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My daugh's 17 mos old in a few days and she's still in a high chair though as of a couple of weeks ago I've taken off the table and she eats from the "adult" table with us now. :) She seems to really like eating at the regular table and we like it too! As for restaurants when given the option of a high chair or booster chair, I still go with high chair though I've also recently wondered if I should have her try a booster chair, so reading a lot of these posts have been very helpful and enlightening. My only concern for my daugher using a booster chair in restaurants is that she'll want to get off a lot sooner than we'd like her to whereas a high chair - well WE'VE got a little more control over that! :)

Brandi - posted on 03/18/2010

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My daughter is 16mo and I moved her to a booster about a month ago. She also has been using utensils for about 3 or 4 months now, but not exclusively. She can also drink from a cup. If you always offer them utensils when they eat, they'll get the hang of it when they're ready. My son took a lot longer to use utensils, but eventually he got there. I'd say try a booster if they don't try getting out of the highchair or they have meltdowns in it otherwise they could flop off of the chair if you're not careful, although they have booster with a tray, which in my opinion defeats the purpose. Just be patient, every kid is truly on their own schedule, there are no wrong answers!

Amanda - posted on 03/18/2010

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my mom :aidan's grandmother: has a booster at her house, we transitioned pretty early because he HATED his highchair and would even refuse to eat while in it, while if we went out to eat, he was fine in a booster seat :shrugs:
hes an end-of-october baby, he eats decently with utensils on his own, what he really likes to do, though, is have us spear the food and hand him the fork (or spoon) and then he puts it in his mouth and hands it back to us.

Amy - posted on 03/17/2010

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my daughter has only ever used a booster they are wonderfull and she feels like one of us at the dinner table.. she also uses her own spoon and fork to eat with but not all the time it depends wat food she is eating i still feed her some things but she always has her own fork to help or she won't eat haha but i think i should have started a bit earlier than i did but she is doing well

Kara - posted on 03/17/2010

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We switched to a booster about a month ago and he loves it!! The best part is he actually makes less of a mess because he doesn't throw his food on the floor like he did in his highchair. As far as utentsils, we introduced them at about 10 months and he is doing great with them. In fact, if we forget to give him one, he insists on it. lol

Janelle - posted on 03/17/2010

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We have "introduced" utensils, he gets them for all meals he eats with us but still mostly uses his hands... he is in a booster seat as well, probably for the past month? He feels like a big boy

Emily - posted on 03/17/2010

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my daughter was one of those kids who wanted to hold a spoon from pretty much the start of eating solids, and she's pretty good now with spoon and fork. She tends to flip them over as they reach her mouth though, so she's about 50% soup on her and 50% in her. Other solids she's great. Haven't tried her in the booster yet except at restaurants but she doesn't seem to mind

Jennifer - posted on 03/16/2010

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I think when your kid gets to the point of being able to sit down and eat without interruption would be a good time to change to a booster sit. But I wouldn't personally be to worried about the transition. I have a friend who has 3 child now and her youngest just turned 3 and she still uses a high chair. As long as your kid fits into it comfortably I would keep using the highchair. Also my son was born October '08 and he understands about using a utensil but he still is not very good at doing so, but I just continue to give him one at every meal so that he can get better at it!

Shantelle - posted on 03/16/2010

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Oct' 08 son never used a highchair, just one of those booster chairs with a tray so he's always been at the table with us for all meals. He managed to break the tray fairly quickly so he's been sitting at the table normally for a bit and sometimes he uses his spork and a cup but mostly it's as other mothers have posted - hold it in one hand and food in the other hand. He does use the spork to put food on our plates or in his cup and then tries to drink it all (odd but at least he eats). When more food makes it to the table or floor then we'll feed him and switch to a bottle or sippy cup. Two things I'm very proud of are that he takes his dirty cup and dish to the sink and throws the food from the floor at the trash can (can't reach it) so he gets the idea.

Elise - posted on 03/16/2010

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i never used a highchair for our daughter. she loves it that she gets to sit at the table with mum and dad. i think ull find your little one will love it too.

Tiffany - posted on 03/16/2010

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We still use the highchair cause its more conveinient for us. I dont see the point in buying 2 chairs for one baby. lol

and yes, mine is 17.5 months now and she uses a spoon pretty well - for like yougurt and applesauce etc. Forks she's having a harder time with - the poking is difficult.
She always ends up just sticking her hands in whatever it is though lol so the spoon becomes useless after a few minutes. ;)

Kelly - posted on 03/16/2010

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I have had Corrina in the booster seat for about a month and she LOVES it. She likes sitting at the table w/her big brother who's 4yr. old. we have tried utensils, but she likes to play w/them too much. The booster is nicer, too, because she can't get out of it like she did the highchair, which was older and didn't keep her contained very well.

Nadine - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughter has been in a booster for 3 months now and it was a very easy transition - she will actually eat at the table without the tray, depending on whats on the menu. It was an easy transition since her daycare feeds all the children at a table and they sit in arm chairs for snack time and lunch

Sancha - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughter is an october born the 24 2008 to be exact. She has her own table and chair at home because she is at school and she like eating with her friends so its kind of defficult to have sit with us for our meals she eats well with the spoon we allow her to make mess. Hva enot yet tried the fork but she eats with the spoon well enough as long as the food is not a soup she is fine.

Erica - posted on 03/14/2010

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My son is still in a high chair.
He eats with his hands and to be HONEST, he's trying to use utensils but hasn't mastered it yet.

Amanda - posted on 03/14/2010

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My DD has always used a booster. I never bought a highchair because a booster saves more space, plus this one has toys that attach to it to keep her busy. But whenever we go out to resturaunts, she sits in a highchair.

Katie - posted on 03/14/2010

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My son has been in a booster seat for a while now, we never really used the high chair that much, and he does real well we don't even use the tray on the booster anymore. We just pull his chair right to the table. We do use a highchair when ever we're out at a restaurant though. He also uses his utensils occasionally but I always give them to him when we eat.

Celeste - posted on 03/13/2010

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We have kept the twins in their high chairs, with no intention of switching to a booster seat. For one, I like being able to take away their trays when they decide to start throwing their food, and keeping their little fingers away from everything on the table. Utensils.... the boys have tried, no success so far, but not in a rush, they are only 17 months old. There is no reason to rush your child into growing up too fast. They will do it when they are ready!

Penny - posted on 03/13/2010

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my lil one is still in a hightchair, hadnt even thought that he may need to start sitting at the table.i think he will stay in there for a few months yet though. he uses a folk and spoon quite well, messyish with youghurt. doesnt know what to do with a knife though.

Melvylyn - posted on 03/13/2010

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I personally would use a highchair as long as possible i know from experience with my 2 yr old its rough in the booster seat =] she gets up half way through the meal which of course shortens the meal time for everyone nd my 16 month old is still in his highchair using his fork, spoon and fingers , what ever is easiest at that time

Krystal - posted on 03/13/2010

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We began using a booster seat for our boy when he was 14 months old. He is just starting to use his own utensils when he eats. Is so proud when he gets something on his fork and then into his mouth all on his own!

Christy - posted on 03/13/2010

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My 17 month old is using spoon and fork pretty well. She does really well with things like yogurt and mashed potatoes. I haven't even thought of using a booster seat yet.

Sondra - posted on 03/13/2010

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My daughter is 18 months and loves to have a fork or spoon to hold while she's eating but she rarely uses it. We're still using the high chair... it works great and is really conveinent... why change?

Sita - posted on 03/12/2010

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My little girl isn't using any utensils by herself yet. We just introduced them, and are having a hard time. She wants to chew on the spoon, and uses the fork as a comb. =) It'll happen when she is ready. We still have her in a highchair, but will be transitioning to a booster soon. She was born 10-2-08.

Kristy - posted on 03/12/2010

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My daughter was always trying to climb out of the high chair when it was time to eat, she wanted to sit at the table with the family. for her first birthday we bought her the chair that attaches to the table, it's by Inglesina, we bought it at target but toys r us and babies r us carries it too! best purchase by far! She is at the table with us, it is not big like a high chair and washes very well! I love it!
She also can feed herself with a fork and a spoon. Actually she prefers to use them instead of her hands!

Kayla - posted on 03/11/2010

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We had ours in the booster at a year...but the utensil useage is slow and messy process for him...but each child is different! So who knows he could be doing it tomorrow.

Laura - posted on 03/11/2010

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My 16 month old has made the switch to a booster seat! I think he likes it because he is now a part of the family at the dinner table where before his highchair could never pull up to the table. When we go out to eat, however, we are still using a highchair, not booster.



Also, he is very good at using a spoon and fork! I was surprised about how good he was with the spoon. I just gave him a yogurt one day in the cup, and he scooped it out by himself with barely any mess :)

Nicole - posted on 03/10/2010

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my baby is an Oct. 08 baby she still use the high chair but i let her sit at one of those little tables on a little chair and she did fine. she tries to use a spoon from time to time but she likes using her fingers.

Kimberley - posted on 03/08/2010

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My little boy sits on his chair at the table which he likes to do when were out as well he's an Oct 08 baby. He like using his fork and spoon he'd have a go with the knife but think that should be left for a while I don't let him do sloppy food on his own yet

Rebecca - posted on 03/07/2010

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My daughter 10/08 has been in a booster for a while. She really enjoys eating at the table with the rest of the family and not being in her own place in a highchair. She has been using a spoon for a while, but still tends to turn it upside down when bringing it to her mouth (making quite a mess with applesauce), but has only recently started using a fork and has a much better time with it.

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My daughter can sit in both but it just depends if they can sit in them with out falling out. Also when you feel comfortable. I let my daughter have the utensils and she more plays with them but she is trying to use them. Try a bowl of like fruit loops in a bowl, dry and that way they can play with out to bad of a mess.

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