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Highchair - wants out but clearly not full!

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MalmMumma Tue 11-Aug-15 20:23:30

My DS is almost 2 and has decided this week that he doesn't want to be in his highchair anymore. He takes about 4 mouthfuls then hands the bowl/plate back to us and asks to get out. I've tried sitting him at a child's table and chairs but he just keeps getting up and wandering off. I gave up yesterday and just put his bowl on a little stool to see what happened - he ate it all so clearly the issue isn't to do with not being hungry. Do I just wait for the phase to pass and let him sit where he wants to eat or am I creating more problems for the future? I also don't want him to go to bed starving so ideally would prefer not remove all food after the 4 mouthfuls! Any ideas?! Thanks in advance xx

Gottagetmoving Wed 12-Aug-15 12:09:48

It depends whether you are bothered about where he eats and who decides where he eats.
I would probably make the rule that he sits at the table to eat but would not force him. If he wanted to get down I would let him. If he was hungry after that I would get him to return to the table because 'That is where we eat'
He will get it eventually and I doubt your DS would be 'starving' even if he had very little.
Its the worry of a child starving that makes parents give in to all sorts of demands a child makes.
Yes, I think you would be creating more problems for the future and not just about where he eats.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 12-Aug-15 15:54:04

Agree with everything Gotta says.

SpaghettiMeatballs Wed 12-Aug-15 17:22:53

Have you tried a booster seat? That has made a difference for both my DCs when they went through this phase.

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