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15 MO highchair battles

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firsttimemum15 Sun 02-Apr-17 21:02:02


Every meal time feels like a battle. My baby isnt an eater to begin with. And is small enough that she can get her legs up into the seat of the high chair and stand up in it. She has no interest whatsoever in sitting down.

We are both at our witts end as to how to deal with this. Going out os hard work now. The fact she wont eat coupled with the standing up is frustrating. I could cope with the not eating/throwing food if I can crack the standing up.

Has anyone else had this?

TittyGolightly Sun 02-Apr-17 21:02:44

What happens if you don't put her in the highchair?

firsttimemum15 Sun 02-Apr-17 21:22:24

She would stay on the floor and wouldnt be happy there either. She certainly wouldnt sit on the floor and eat. As grim as it sounds if she would id let her eat there. The floor is clean and we dont have outdoor shoes inside.

TittyGolightly Sun 02-Apr-17 22:23:51

What about one of those booster seats for a normal dining chair?

Camomila Mon 03-Apr-17 11:14:30

Does she have a favourite food? DS doesn't like getting into the highchair so I put a cream cracker down on it and then sit him down. It took a few goes but now he understands that to get the cream cracker he has to sit in the high chair.

Alternatively you could sit her on your lap and share things off your plate, DS thinks this is a massive treat even if it's the exact same food he'd be eating in his high chair.

eddiemairswife Mon 03-Apr-17 11:18:31

Why don't you strap her in the high chair?

FruitBadger Mon 03-Apr-17 11:32:30

I'm lucky DS (now 2.4) is a good eater, but he hated the high chair, he was just grumpy at being strapped in and was like Houdini in wriggling out. The only way to stop it was not to put him on until there was food there waiting which was then enough of a distraction. We moved him to a booster seat on a normal dining chair around his 1st birthday and he was much happier. Even more so when we got rid of the clip on tray and he ate off a plate on the "proper" table with us. Might be worth a try if it's partly an independence thing for her?

firsttimemum15 Mon 03-Apr-17 19:30:59

I do strap her in the big highchair. She takes the straps off.

Im ginna try a booster seat i think. Thanks for the tips.

Shes not a big eater so putting food down isnt a big enough distraction she just isnt that intersted same if shes on my knee which i do try but she just climbs and snoothers me in food.

escorpion Mon 03-Apr-17 19:33:30

Oh my. I hear you. Every meal time is a battle with my near 16 month old. It is soooo stressful. I have to give him toys while he sits in his chair as distraction. Then get the spoon in. Or get him to give mummy a spoon while I put one in his mouth. I wish it was easier!

ijustwannadance Mon 03-Apr-17 19:34:12

We used a child size table and chair. Small enough to not need strapping to and a proper little table to eat at.

firsttimemum15 Mon 03-Apr-17 19:37:26

Yep ive used the 2 spoon method. Toys dont work either

The gsp between tray and highchsir was big enough to get her legs up

I think unless youve experienced it its hard to understand

I have thiught about table and cair but i only have a small dining area

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