My husband and I are looking for a new kitchen table. We like the look of the new pub height/counter height tables. Does anyone with a toddler have one (our son is 5 months old)? Would this height be a problem when he gets older?

Catherine - posted on 01/30/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My husband and I are looking for a new kitchen table. We like the look of the "new" pub height/counter height tables. Does anyone with toddler aged children have one? Our son is 5 months old but we are concerned there might be convenience or more importantly saftey issues with this height.

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Misty - posted on 01/30/2009

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We have had one since our youngest was about that age (he's now 2) and it hasn't been a problem.

Cynthia - posted on 01/30/2009

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we visited a friends's over christmas and they had a tall table. our 2.5 yr old did not adjust well. if we had brought a booster seat with us it may have been better. but he was alos having way too much fun dropping his spoon (which he never did anymore) from the abnormally tall height he was sitting at. plus he couldn't get out of the chair very easily (you could take that as good or bad) but we like to let him go the bathroom by himself, which he could do without help gettting out of the chair. so that sealed it for me. not a really good option for toddlers. maybe when they're older :-)

Abby - posted on 01/30/2009

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I forgot the most important part! The sales person at the store we bought the table was awesome. He was very knowledgeble and when we told him the table would be used a lot by young children he helped us pick out a table that was very study and very stable chairs to go with it. They have a wide base to prevent wobbling. Our old chairs were normal height, but seemed to wobble more. They were less expensive and a narrower design. Something to think about when you are looking!

Abby - posted on 01/30/2009

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We also have one of those higher, pub style tables. And we just love it. My 5 and 6 year old boys have no problem with it. We entertain often, and have friends who come over regularly with all different ages of young children. We have never had a problem, even with the two and three year olds that eat at our table all the time. I think the key is that the kids all know that once the get up in the chair, any chair, they sit still and eat their meal. No squirming and playing around. Now that I think about it, we actually had more accidents with our old, normal height table. I think we must have finally taught them to not wiggle around, and I think they respect the height of the chairs, gives them a bit of a reason to sit like "big boys" and " big girls" :)

Sladana - posted on 01/30/2009

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i dont personally have one. but i visited my sister who does. and i cant imagine ever getting one. i guess it depends on the kid though. my son who was 3 then, got up on it fine but as he reached the top to adjust himself to sit, he flipped backwards on it. he didn't want to go near it again. and i wouldn't want my kids near it again. hope this helps. i find b/c they are taller they are more wobbly especially with a wobbly child.

Jackie - posted on 01/30/2009

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We have a "pub" table  with a 7, 5, and 2 year old.  Of course the chairs are much higher, so the 2 year old has taken a few spills from the chair when I'm not looking.  She likes to climb, so it's kind of been a headache.  She knows now to "sit" in the chair though.  We have her in a booster on one of the chairs and it works just fine.

Tara - posted on 01/30/2009

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It sounds like others have had good luck, and that's awesome.  However, I had a negative experience with this type of table when my child was three that has made me refuse them in restaurants since.  My daughter is squirmy, and getting into the chair was not an issue.  It was staying in the chair that was the problem.  She slipped off the front of the chair, hitting her upper teeth on the edge of the table, and then the back of her head on the front of the seat on her way down.  She was okay, thank god, but those bloody mouth injuries are always traumatic for parents and children, and head injuries are nothing to mess with.  I hope not to scare you, but to help you see a flip side before you make your decision.

Danielle - posted on 01/30/2009

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I have one and it has never been a problem, we love it and my son has learned to climb up on it and down off of it and has never fallen once in three years. The only thing is that not all booster seats fit on it, the one I have lucky enough did.

Ashley - posted on 01/30/2009

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We have one and I have a 22 month old daughter. Right now she has a booster seat and it is no problem for her to get into it by herself.

Lori - posted on 01/30/2009

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I have that kind of kitchen table and my 17 month old grandson surprised his Nana (me) the other day and showed me that he can climb up on the chair/stool all by himself.

Susanne - posted on 01/30/2009

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I had bar stools for a bar height table that I had, and trust me it was NOT fun with a toddler. He was always trying to climb up them, and they'd fall over or he'd fall off. But he learnt quickly how to get up on them, and how to get down from them. I wouldn't say they aren't a good idea, but you really have to keep an eye on your kid at all times, its amazing how they are drawn to thoes chairs. If you could nail the chairs to the floor or something so that they wouldn't fall over when he trys to climb them it'd be a bit safter. Mine are outside, so I was always there when he was trying to climb them, but I guess if they grow up with them it wont be so facinating after they master being able to climb them.

Sarah - posted on 01/30/2009

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We have one and love it! Of course you have to be careful, but in the long run, the chairs work great for little kids when they are old enough to sit up to the table by themselves.

Allison - posted on 01/30/2009

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We have one and it's not a problem for our 4yr old, but he's a monkey. Our 16mos old can't even try to climb up to the table yet. It's a huge pain in the butt for me though because it's just the right height to give me bruises all over my thighs from getting up 50 times during a meal because someone needs something. The chairs are really heavy too :P Next table will be normal height again I think.

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