toddler won't sit in high chair

Snappy seat (snaps onto the table)? Booster chair? Get as much as you can in him here and then just feed him the rest of whatever he'll eat within the next 20 minutes or so, so that the time frame is in place at least, even if he isn't sitting at the table. We were lucky that he never figured out the buckles though, you've got me on that one. For example, the kiddos I work with now are much more likely to eat all of their broccoli if I put it on their plates before other foods, like pasta are ready. Berkeley Parents Network, based in Berkeley, California, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit network for parents in the San Francisco Bay Area. If your baby is able to sit up by themselves and starting to eat solid foods, it’s probably time to consider adding a high chair to your kitchen set-up. at best. Even with my chasing her practically all day with food when she ws 18 months old, my daughter now, at age three, is capable of a 15 to 20-minute sit down at dinner. Rest assured, however, that those babies are a bit unusual. Strapping her in might cause some carry-over from her hatred of being “trapped” in the high chair, and as long as she’s seated close to you or your husband, she’ll be perfectly safe sitting on a regular chair. So two things you DEFINITELY do not want at the dinner table: a toddler screaming her head off in a high chair, or a toddler eating her meals on your lap. She’s old enough to start introducing other Satter Method basics, namely: Dinner is over once you leave the table. We have music on, usually jazz, and there is lots of converation. Our highchair has gone into temporary storage in the basement. 4) For non-family meals that she typically eats solo, a separate toddler/kids table and chair set is a great option. Our problems were compounded by the fact that she was very low on the growth chart (1%), labelled ''failure to thrive'' (despite being ahead on all physical and cognitive scales) and so we were pretty much ordered to get food in her however we could. […]. I don't believe in it. My daughter did this. They can also look cute napping, crying, or when they are babbling to themselves in the high chair. But yeah, try the IKEA chairs. When we let him dictate any one of our responsibilities, meals become the kind of struggle you describe. he sat at the table. A 16-month old friend of ours refused to eat any way other than standing. Bridget, Hi there, My daughter (now 27 months) has been like this as well and was something like how you describe your son when she was 18 mos old. or a thick sturdy cushion. Be on a schedule – Yes, I’m talking about the schedule again. This is a common problem and it creates unhappy meal times. He never really did that well in one to begin! Has erratic feeding habits'' Andi, I do not think your experience is shocking, I think it is pretty common. When the high chair is too small, the booster seat too babyish and your child is not tall enough to reach the table – family dining can become hard work. (My nephew will still sit in his high chair at 4 so every kid is different.) In the past week, she has straight up refused to go in her high chair at home. It’s capable of holding up to 250 lbs, but you would need a very narrow behind to fit in it. When we stick to this guideline, our three year old eats really well. She's incredibly well behaved in every other aspect, she's definitely getting enough healthy food to eat throughout the day and speaks and understands clearly when we talk to her--she just doesn't follow our request/insistence/firmness/nicely asking/etc to sit down to eat for a few minutes. It's more important that your kid eat and that mealtime not be associated with stress than having him stay confined in the seat. He'll sit in his chair at the table and eat maybe 1-3 bites then he's off running and says he's not hungry. They were stoked to have a real chair fit just for… Read more ». Her basic rule is parents are in charge of what, when and where the kid eats (making sure at least one item on the table is something the child likes), and the kid is in charge of whether and how much to eat. I don't think your kid is ''training'' you in some manipulative way. And you can probably find one on Freecycle or Craigslist. My hope is that even if they don't eat very well, they'll still start with the most nutrient dense items. Hi My 19 month old little boy will not sit in his highchair which makes me resort to feeding him on my lap in front of the tv!! She was happy as a lark! We could also put her high chair at the table, but she never liked that (I think the chair became too much of an issue, so now she doesn't want to use it). She was excited to receive the seat as a present, and now uses it regularly in her own home. One toddler I struggled with at meal-time became a champion eater when we stopped offering juice/milk an hour or so before lunch and dinner. But the concession needs to be an alternative other than your lap. She does sit still (now in booster seat) better than she did when she was younger. I told him he had two choices: sit at the table and eat with us or sit in the bedroom by himself. (More active kids may not even last that long.) My 3 year old boy was the same way at 2.. and 1 and is finally starting to outgrow it as he's slowing down and his attention span is getting longer. In my experience, the best way to get kids to sit down to eat, is to sit down and eat with them and only feed them when they are seated in their chair; either in the high chair, which is what we use for our 18 month old, or at the table. No. Maybe she is simply out-growing her need for a high chair. Since it is just an age thing and he won't be eating like this at 8 years old, I lean towards your husband's laid back approach of feeding him where and when you can. My daughter is now 4.5 years, but I could have written your post several years ago, so I can share a bit of our story and what has worked for us over the years. Good luck! But there are some other alternatives: 1) A dining booster seat attached to a regular chair. This may sound completely silly, but you can try ''dressing up'' meals a bit with cookie cutters to make them a bit more interesting for your child. Then I bought her a Dora mat. Also, we set up a booster chair for him, which he took to very well. Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She still somehow connects it to our baby, and perhaps because she thinks it's his, she likes using it. That is also okay, if slightly terrifying in theory. We just transitioned our 4 year old out of it so we can hide a bit so it won’t be “hers” when the baby is ready for it. She wants to sit in our lap at the dining room table and eat there. Anyway, best of luck. If you see a link to a retailer, please assume that it is an affiliate link. I usually see results immediately, if not by the end of the week. Energetic, active, not that interested in eating, low percentile in weight, sitting at the table for, at most a minute or two. 2 Read aloud to your child. And don't worry, they do settle down. She continued to scream for the next 10 minutes or so until I just couldn’t take it anymore (my throat was starting to hurt from listening to her). He especially enjoys when his older brother is with us for meals (I share time with his dad) as there is additional interaction, conversation, fun at the table. We serve their food on the small table and let them go wash their hands, sit and eat. Your post is not shocking at all! She just doesn’t want to be confined while she eats. We have affiliate revenue relationships with Amazon, and with other retailers that are handled by third parties like Skimlinks, RewardStyle, Commission Junction and Linkshare. We had screaming with the high chair for a bit and refusal to go in it. Chances are your toddler isn't ever getting that hungry because snacks are always available. Learning to sit up is an important and exciting skill for babies to develop, but it doesn’t happen overnight. Our little guy seems to like being up in his booster seat right at the table with all of us with his plate, utensils and cup on the table right along with ours. Also, on the advice of a dietician we tried to add fat/calories to every meal. I'm going through the exact same thing right now. Your child may resist a few times, so don’t use any force. -As an added bonus, these are the same things I do with my ''picky'' eaters and it seems to help tremendously. Sitting down at a meal and eating as a family is an important experience for children. There are lots of developmental benefits. They can sit in a chair without the worry of falling a few feet to the ground. As my toddlers grew older, the rules changed. I’m all about choosing my battles, but getting her to continue forward with building independence seems pretty important, so I hate to keep giving in to her demands to sit in my lap during meal times. As she got a little older (over 2) we would often hold her on our lap to eat. He’ll sit for a few minutes then scream his little head off until mum lets him out. This phase drove my husband a little nuts because he came from a big family that ate at 6 pm sharp every day. For more tips, go to Good luck!! With the second we let it happen occasionally. He loves his new booster seat so much! We're frustrated and realize we're out of ideas. Maybe this strategy will work for you. It turned out he simply felt he was a big boy now and wanted to eat at the table with us, on real chairs as we did. Well, it's been nearly a year and the ''phase'' isn't passing nor showing signs of passing. Isabelle. We actually changed our directions to our nanny to not feed them lunch at the park or snacks when they're out and about to help get our friend's child better on track for eating full meals. Big deal. They chat back and forth (toddlerese), share food and generally have a great time. The other was that he saw his older sister sitting in a regular chair. If you refuse to eat in your chair, it’s ok, you won’t eat! We bought him a booster seat that is belted securely to the dining chair and we put the high chair away. She still says its her favorite food. For the behavior part I read the book ''Child of Mine'' which was excellent about how to get the child to take the responsibility to eat, while it is our (only)responsibility to provide the food. I don't think a 15 month old would remember why they are not getting food for very long, and then you have an even crankier child. I am considering getting a small table and chair for inside, but don't want to spend the money if there's some way I can teach her to stay at the big table. She was all wiggles. It’s another mealtime battle to fight, but it’s a more worthy one than trying to cram a stiff-as-a-board screaming child into a high chair she’s probably close to outgrowing anyway. I wish I could tell you that he sits politely and eats with us at every meal but instead we've all made some compromises and as he matures he wants to emulate our behavior more than fight us-- and he's at a healthy weight so it could be worse. A booster seat worked for us but dd will still sit happily in a high chair when out. One book that really helped me (and I was very emotional about this issue at the time) was ''Child of Mine'' by Ellen Satter. My 2.5 year old is picky, especially when he's not really hungry. He screams at the top of his lungs when I tell him no. been there. When I let him out (he was very upset the whole time and it was torturous!) That happened at my house at just about your kid's age. Ask your toddler to put his plate on the table, create a ritual. So if your stubborn toddler won’t quiet down in his seat, hand him a magazine from the book or magazine aisle or from a rack near the cashier. So, when I say schedule, I’m not talking about a specific time of the day, but an interval. I know several babies who stopped wanting to use the high chair at around the same age. When she visited our house for dinner once, we gave her as a present one of two booster seats that were handed down to us. Nope. Just be gently consistent and don't make mealtime into a contest of wills or worse, a battlezone. You can read more at Up until now, she has always been a great eater and easily transitioned from purees to finger foods, preferring the control she has with them. This is not only frustrating, I am afraid she's going to choke. My little one will sit in his highchair, eating at home or out for about 30 minutes. Or a Con Law book if your spouse teaches Con Law and has a dozen different editions of these enormous books. At supper time last night, my husband managed to get her into her high chair in spite of going stiff as a board and screaming her head off. I changed around my work schedule to ensure that I would try to make a homecooked… Read more ». Being rigid about most things with toddlers is likely to create frustration and upset rather than a more compliant child. There is no other distraction (no TV, no computer, no cell phone) allowed at the dinner table. Please help! My mom keeps her while we work and she has been putting up a little more fight than usual there, too (although it is characteristic for her to behave much better for my mom than for me… we like to push the limits around here!). Ooo, just found this: toddlers/feeding-glance-birth-24-months Dr. Sears says for kids 18 to 24 months: ''Wants to eat on the run溶eeds creative feeding to hold attention at table. We were about to have another baby though, and figured we couldn't do this forever. To the mother of the toddler who won't sit in her highchair: We had the same problem with our son at about the same age. The one place she sits still briefly, is on a little chair we have on the deck where we have a small end table that's just her size. Since you are asking for advice, I am going to be straightforward here and say you really need to relax and adjust your expectations. If your child won’t sit in a booster, but you’re not comfortable with them sitting at the tall kitchen chairs, then a child-size set of table and chairs may be a great alternative. We adopted this idea from daycare, where state law prohibits kids from walking around with food due to the chocking risks. He also does better in his high chair and sitting down with our son for meals. This website is for entertainment purpose only. Using up lots of energy, running, swimming, and exploring before meal time is the best thing I can do to get children to eat and not try to wander away from the table. She was the same kid that climbed out of the crib and over the baby gate. I like Amy’s advice, but I’m a little more harcore. But recently I found a solution. He is confined to a chair or booster, which isn't a natural state for a toddler. It turned out none were, in this particula r group. best wishes eat, eat, eat. I know this will sound shocking, but my 18-month old son won't sit still for meals. She did not like being strapped into the booster or anything else. Good luck! Bento forks helped initially but he no longer needs the enticement. My son would not sit at the table and would attempt to make his way out of the kitchen altogether. High chairs are for babies!f For the record, the same thing happened to my neighbor. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. And I guess some parents are more successful at ''making'' their kids sit still. Space saver: Baby Jogger City Bistro High Chair. I worry that this will be never-ending now that he has my husband ''trained. Parents voted these high chairs the best of 2020. One other thing that has been working lately to get him to eat a good variety is to shape his meals into fun pictures. When your toddler is big enough to sit on a regular chair, the legs of the high chair can separate from the seat, and the seat can be placed on the chair to be used as a booster seat. For some babies/toddlers, removing the tray or lowering the seat so they can eat off the table “like mom or dad” is enough. She will, however, have a bite of food, run down the hall, run back and have more food. anon. Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike. We struggled with it because we did not want to let him run around with food in his mouth, and it is awkward eating with a toddler on your lap. Relax! If I were you, I would try a booster seat or using the high chair without the tray at the table with a plastic placemat. toddlers/grazing Your son will be able to sit for meals when he's older. He feels a bit pushed around when his play is interrupted and he is lifted into place. Novelty works wonders when your child is unhappy, whether you’re in a stroller in a store, a grocery cart or a high chair at a restaurant. Hi, you don't say whether you let your son play at the dinner table. I am happy to say that now she happily sits in her seat and eats (still lightly, and occasionally fed by me) but she does eat. An 18-month-old is still a baby, for all practical purposes and intents. I’m hoping that this is just a short phase that will be over by the time you get to answer this, but I would love to hear your thoughts. She was fine once she sat at the table in the booster seat, and within a few days she would let us put the tray on the booster seat. That does not appear to be the case. I thought it would be a problem to keep them in bed(or sitting at the table in this case). NOT a big deal! Try to hang on to what is most important to you about mealtime in the meantime. He won't starve to death, and if he says later that he is hungry, remind him that mealtime is for eating and next time he can stay longer at the table and eat more. Not sure how you feel about having your son play while he sits at the dinner table with you, but hopefully he will start playing less and eating more as time goes by. I'd say -- choose your battles. It's OK. T.K. He's on the slim side (15% weight) and in our efforts to get him to eat, and eat more, we began feeding him ''on the run''. We did work on eating meals together, and she still will not eat if she is the only one eating. Spoon feeding mama, Our daughter, who is almost 3 years old, was like your son. To guide you in your search, here are some of the best high chairs on the market today: She finds some obvious delight and joy in moving and exploring and I don't have the hear to squelch it. And once they leave the table, the meal's over. Hi , My 1 1/2yr old won't sit in his high chair to eat. -Run, swim, play! When she's a bit older, I think it will be more fun to have family meals all together - but (I think) that should be enjoyable for all, not something I am authoritatively requiring of my daughter. It's difficult to retire all these gadgets, but maybe you could trade your high chair in for a small table and chairs? Lots of young toddlers reject the high chair at some point — it cramps their newfound independence, makes them feel different/distant from parents or siblings, or they’ve correctly identified it as a “baby” thing and I NOT A BABY. Our solution was to get rid of the high chair. My daughter is now almost 4, but between 1 and 2.5 we had significant trouble with meals, so I feel like I can at least help calm your worries. So if you’re hungry, you stay in your seat. Anything to get her able to eat comfortably off the table while in a chair that does not contain YOUR lap/butt. Plus it doesn't set a good precedent for eating generally. __________________________________________________________________ On many an occasion i would look longingly at those babies, much younger than her, who could apparently sit in their highchairs for half an hour to 45 minutes as their families enjoyed a leisurely meal at a restaurant. We try to always eat at the same time, thereby creating a routine. We had one of these and it worked great for our toddler who REFUUUUUUSED to sit anywhere but in a regular chair sans booster, even though his chin barely cleared the table. The compromise worked well for my sanity. He won't sit in the high chair, he crawls around the booth. I serve a midday meal (which I call a snack) on a cool plate on his play table and he helps himself as he plays throughout the day. “3) Alternatively, if you don’t want to buy any additional gear, you can boost her up old-school style on a phone book (WHY DO THEY STILL MAKE THOSE?) My philosophy has been to try to encourage but not to force compliance, except for a few mandatory things like the carseat where compliance is the only safe way. It’s heavy enough that they can’t really push away from the table, but it’s more of a “real chair” look and gets them up to the right height. Blue I say drop the power struggle. I am under no illusion that he will remain compliant in his booster seat for 10-20 minutes for every meal, but it's to the point now that 30 seconds after putting him into his booster seat he goes wild, unbuckles himself (he's figured out the safety straps), stands up, and tries to jump out. However, rest assured that our affiliate relationships do not guide our product recommendations, at all. But as you learned, sometimes that trick isn’t enough. I was just coming here to recommend the same thing. I think withholding food from a toddler would not work as a punishment. Now we don’t care. Time to ditch the high chair — it’s okay, it had a good run. Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty. Our 17- month old used to eat all meals in his high chair but now he eats only breakfast and dinner in his high chair. She gets in some bites, sitting in her spot, or kind of on the go. Soft Portable Booster Seats and Toddler Trays Are you tired of frustrating meal Give it time. I am of the, ''When you're done, you're done'' mentality, whereas my husband will sit on the floor with him and feed him, or pick him up and feed him from his lap when this happens. Any tips on what we can do to resolve/avoid some of this chaos and get back to our normal, not-screamy suppers? During the day, the 18 mo is in share care. So yeah. Chances are your child isn’t sitting at an appropriate eating height at your table. My husband and I both enjoy making food look like things (egg ducks, quesadilla trucks, veggie dog octopi, etc.) mother-of-mealtime-daredevil. I'd say always start at the table and try gently to enforce it for a few minutes, just to let him know that this is where you are supposed to be when you eat. When your child refuses to sit in his high chair when you feed him alone but has no problem eating with the rest of the family, he probably feels lonely in the high chair. However my son, who is 18 mths now, does NOT do well in a booster seat. 2) If she’s resistant to sit in/on anything other than a “regular” grown-up chair, you can try a Kaboost under-chair booster. We make sure they get nice and hungry, by limiting snacks. This toddler chair is durable, light weight, and has 3) Alternatively, if you don’t want to buy any additional gear, you can boost her up old-school style on a phone book (WHY DO THEY STILL MAKE THOSE?) But their tiredness/hunger manages the problem naturally. Also at about this age, toddlers often don't have much interest in eating, so meals for them are more about being with their parents -- only natural that your daughter wants to sit on your lap when you are sitting down for awhile! It is also designed with an extra wide seat and backrest for your kid to sit and lean on. Good news, she potty trained early because she didn’t like diapers. I think you are on the right track and it is time ask your husband to get off the floor and sit at the table East Bay Mom, I remember those days well. We got her a booster chair that buckled her in, straped it to one of our kitchen chairs and just pushed her right up to the table. The tray of this high chair is easy to remove with one hand, which Pampers Parents loved, and its insert is dishwasher-safe. She does not want anything that is for a baby. It might diffuse the issue to feed her extra food at snacks and other times for a few days so if she doesn't eat much dinner it does not matter. If your baby won’t sit in his highchair, DON’T: let him eat whilst crawling or toddling around. I'm not sure an almost 15 month old can fully comprehend the punishment of going to bed without any dinner. You can find used ones at Darla's on San Pablo in El Cerrito or in the secondhand section of Baby World in Oakland. I have looked through the Smackdown questions but I can’t find one related to this phase we seem to be in the middle of with our 17-month old daughter (only child). This parallels our crib approach: as soon as the child starts climbing out we put their mattress on the floor. When this is the case, they start to wiggle and slide off their chair. What I did with all three of mine was to put out food on a low table where my toddler could eat it. We could get my son to sit still at this age for a few minutes (maybe!) So find a charater that your child likes and find a mat, it worked wonders. Our son - now 3.5 - still plays while eating and while we feed him. • Tax ID: 46-4347971, About BPN • Contact BPN • Credits • Terms of Use, Connecting Bay Area families online since 1993, Daycares & Preschools with Current Openings, Parent Classes, Workshops & Groups with Openings, Advice about Classes, Camps, Groups, & Tutors, Getting active 2 year old to stay at the table to eat, All of a sudden, 15-mo-old refuses high chair. Once our children started standing up in their highchair, we retired it, rather than fight them. Get prepped for your tot's move to the dinner table with these feeding seat options. OK, I am officially shocked. S, Agree with Traci about the Keekaroo. As I said above, he attempted to control the situation again the next night and I did the same thing! We praise him for his cooperation and he is very proud of himself! Many kids this age won't sit still. My advice is to roll with your child's needs and moods a bit more. Done force feeding, I know how you feel! We're all delighted--the booster chair is a lot easier to clean. It can be very vexing. My 2.5 year old will not sit still for dinner--if it's in her highchair she climbs up and sits on the edge, and then stands up so we have to get her down or fear she'll fall; if it's the dining room table, she stands up on the chair, or gets down, if it's in one of our laps, that lasts for a bite. She won't sit in the booster seat. Don’t make it a habit to feed your child anywhere else, in case he hates his high chair. I've noticed that if I give him ''star turkey'' or a ''heart sandwich'' (things shaped with cookie cutters), he's more likely to eat them then if I just give them plain. There were several babies 15-19 months old, and she said, Is anyone's baby still eating in a high chair? Remove the demon high chair torture device! If he only eats a few bites he will be fine. All of them sit at the table perfectly fine once they outgrow the phase because eventually you start to say, “no, actually we aren’t doing that anymore” and it’s not q big deal. One thing was he was entering a clingy phase, which just happens throughout their young life. “Short phase?” Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Lots of young toddlers reject the high chair at some point — it cramps their newfound independence, makes them feel different/distant from parents or siblings, or they’ve correctly identified it as a “baby” thing and I NOT A BABY. I would recommend a youth chair….we use one that my dad made, but they have some at IKEA now too. Could he be overtired as is sometimes the case with very active children and adults? Sign up for the web’s most entertaining (while informative) weekly newsletter on your pregnancy! That’s literally the ONLY thing we have changed in her recent dining experience. I think 15 months is too young to punish this behavior, especially by denying food. I have a very active boy and he's now seven and can sit at a table for about 15-20 tops (on a good day). We got our keekaroo used on craigslist. We ended up feeding her "on the run" too (pretty much chasing her around and putting food in her mouth) and did so until recently because it was the easiest way for us to feel like she was getting enough nutrition. Not by your son's behavior, but by the fact that you find his behavior shocking. All Rights Reserved. This happened to us EXACTLY at the same time as you. An unbending, absolute No getting up with food rule must accompany this approach. And yes, she under-ate all the time. It will pass. Best budget high chair: IKEA's ANTILOP High Chair. Sure, he prefers to NOT be confined. Over time my daughter has adapted to eating at the table, my biggest change was to not chase her around with food, but let food happen at the table at distinct and discreet times, and over time she adapted to that. While she was strapped in, we attempted to go about supper as usual, but she didn’t seem to take the hint. It doesn't have to fit with some fantasy of a ''well-behaved child.'' She just may want to be more a part of the dinner table family. I work as a care-giver for toddlers, and the following tips have been very helpful to me when in your situation: -Cut out all snacks and create a rigid feeding schedule (breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner) and stick to it for a while. So, it all seems to have worked fine. For dinner and breakfast, he eats standing at the dining table on a step stool so he can easily get down and go be busy and come back to eat. Your husband is not ''training'' your son to be a manipulative little brat who is going to expect to be fed whenever and wherever he wants. We kept the food to one area and fed really messy stuff only at the table. I think she enjoyed the physical challenge of getting herself out of her high chair and she has never liked confinement (car seat for only short trips when she was that age). I have an 18 month old boy, a 13 year old and another one on the way. So she will have gone to bed without dinner for two nights in a row now (though she still got her bottle before bed). I’m going to lay the blame on good old classic toddler independence, rather than teething or the addition of utensils. She sits at a little table with her brother. Just be clear and cheerful about it, it will work! We have recently started putting a toddler fork and/or spoon on her high chair tray with her food to give her the option of using a utensil, but so far have not made a big deal out of using them. My son is now 5 years old and we have a pretty calm dinnertime but at 18 months it was all about how much food I could get in his piehole before he took off or basically got too nutty in his booster seat. The boys will sit together for breakfast, as well. Our table is right next to theirs so we still enjoy meals together. To the mother of the toddler who won't sit in her highchair: We had the same problem with our son at about the same age. Our daughter did this at 16-17 months old. On that front they suggested we choose one high calorie food and add it to everything (ie butter, mayonaise, a nut butter) we chose mayonaise- a perfect dipping sauce for any vegetable! If you think that may be the case, a suggestion would be reading Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. That way he feels like he is sitting at the table like a big boy, rather than off in the corner in his high chair. We had one that included a strap and a tray, but you might want to consider a simpler, strap-free model like this one, or even this. This Joovy High Chair is definitely one of the best high chairs for 2020. or a thick sturdy cushion. He sits in his booster seat and cannot really leave the table on his own once he's sitting down. We were both working when the first… Read more », […] Read the full article here: When Your Toddler Says No More High Chair […], Wanted to also chime in that we also have the cheapo IKEA chair. I think if you check out Dr. Sear's books, he says this is normal and you can set up healthy snacks at a table for them to snack on as they move around (avocado cubes, shredded cheese, small pieces of fruits and veggies, etc.). Your husband is doing the age-appropriate and pediatrician-recommended style of feeding your kid. What worked for us was to have a plate of food that she could come back to, ie I would stay at the table and she would run around and then come back for bites as needed. He eventually snapped out of it around 19 months, BUT…BUT we never relented by letting him wander around or sit in the grownup chair on his own. It may engage him long enough for you to finish your errand. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. It can be converted from a high chair to a toddler’s chair, but can also be used as a regular chair for any age. That means that wh… We needed the high chair for my son, so we really didn't have much choice. Re: Toddler won't eat or sit in highchair by DandelionFrosting » 10 Nov 2013, 23:59 It might not be applicable, but Saurus is about the same age, and I've found that he will happily sit in his high chair, but only if I let him climb up into it by himself. Convertible High Chair: These chairs can stand alone or be placed on top of a dining room chair. Toddlers go through stages with high chairs and everything else you want them to do. You could consider the type of highchair which attaches to the table itself. I was recently at her house for dinner. 1. Hi, my 17 month old hates his high chair and won’t get in. If she wanders with food she gets a warning and it is taken away until she sits. (I would recommend that you try to find one with a place for her feet), I’m a big fan of grow with me chairs like the keekaroo and stokke. Anything to get her able to eat comfortably off the table while in a chair that does not contain YOUR lap/butt.”. When toddlers get restless, yes, it is our unfortunate chore to keep offering food as they go about bumbling through their adventures, paying attention to something other than the food. If this doesn't work, talk to the pediatrician. She isn't like some of the kids I see in restaurants who seem to stay tied into their seats for ages. These are also great to have for coloring/Play-Doh or playdate snack times. It feels horrible to let her cry and go without dinner. Good luck! It’s your choice and that’s ok. Here’s one from IKEA: He straightens and tenses his entire body which makes it very dangerous to try and hold him Has anyone been through a similar situation and have ideas? Built-to-grow: Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair. Instead, gently enforce the idea of eating being equated with sitting on a high chair in his small head. Sitting at one is something grown ups do. If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to amyadvice[at]gmail[dot]com. It also seemed to collide/coincide with the time I was slowly weaning my then 17 month old son. She has been cutting a tooth, but they haven’t really affected her like this in the past. For dinners, my toddlers would always be willing to sit for a minute or two, but we then just accepted the toddler coming in for a bite then running off after he'd been excused. "Twenty minutes in a high chair is about all you can reasonably expect from a toddler," Post warns. Should we put him back into a high chair so the tray will keep him confined? If your toddler is getting too big for his high chair, it's time for a feeding seat. Lots of luck! I suggest you tell him that from now on he eats at mealtime at the table (maybe a snack mid-morning and/or afternoon). How do we get her to eat in her high chair again? How about a different kind of chair? One thing was he was entering a clingy phase, which just happens throughout their young life. Perhaps if your son is still in a high chair it would be better to move him to a booster so he is more part of the table. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. He may feel somewhat precarious in his high booster seat, strapped onto a chair. We try very hard to all sit down to eat the same foods together, but when it’s obvious that she can’t wait, we’ll let her eat before us while our supper finishes cooking. I don't think an 18-month-old can really grasp that kind of ''consequence,'' so I don't think saying he's done when he leaves the table is necessarily going to work well. If the food is out on the counter or a table, then as soon as the toddler is placed in the high chair, the toddler will instantly ask someone to get them down so they can go grab the food...and if a toddler asks for anything, it completely screws up your queue of actions, even if you have autonomy off. It seems to empower them by not relying on us to get them into and out of a confining chair. At best he'll feed himselft a few bites but then if he stops and either wants to leave the table or for us to feed him. I just kept reminding him it was an age thing and it got much better eventually. If we let him feed himself, he wouldn't eat enough. Both of my kids have gone through this phase. I think your daughter may simply be ready for the next step. The TAG F301 Toddler Chair is a USA made with smooth and rounded corners and edges. And further, 2 is still pretty young, and I would have no qualms about feeding more bites if your son gets tired of feeding himself. For us this is one of those small stages that shall pass, eventually. We took off his high chair tray and let him join us at the table at his own setting, and I vowed to avoid letting him eat alone. We allow our daughter to get out of the chair during… Read more », All three of my kids have gone through this lap-sitting phase around the same age, maybe until about age 2. At first he spent more time playing than eating but that is definitely changing and its so much easier not to fight over every bite. My oldest kid was content to sit in his booster seat at the table instead. As your toddler improves at this exercise, you can switch from your lap to a chair. My husband and I prioritize that she gets the food she needs. He keeps standing in it and dropping food. Your child is too young to remember the lesson from day to day, and too young to conceptualize that you are denying the dinner because she won't sit in the highchair. It is definitely not a battle to fight. I also remember at age 2 my daughter preferred to eat sitting on my lap, so we did that for a few months, and then phased back into her own chair. The conversion is easy to do and only takes about 20 seconds, and the best part is you don’t need any tools to do it. Our daughter also did this around 15 months. Her weight has always been below the bottom of the chart (literally less than 1 percentile!) Enter Expected Due Date. The other But, although they can't really be forced to sit still and eat, I would think following him around trying to convince him to eat could lead to some issues, too. So two things you DEFINITELY do not want at the dinner table: a toddler screaming her head off in a high chair, or a toddler eating her meals on your lap. I’ve been a huge fan of your common-sense “good enough” parenting advice since I found your Weekly Pregnancy Calendar. Getting a squirmy toddler to sit at the table and eat a meal can be a huge challenge. They include safety straps to ensure your that chair won’t slide forward and act as a standard high chair would. We got rid of the high chair to a friend. At 18 months many are so much more into being mobile and exploring that food time is just too boring. Page 2 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Pacific Standard Time or visit our website at With the first kid we died on our sword over not doing it and eventually relented. So she ate everything with mayonaise (which is still one of her favorite foods). Sit next to your child and continue to challenge him to sit still. […] Read the full article here: When Your Toddler Say No More High Chair! She sat better in the Keekaroo vs her new oxo booster due to the foot rest, now she’s very wiggley. Looking back, I believe she wanted to sit at the table, rather than off to the side in the high chair. Instead, try to make it mandatory for him to sit on the high chair while eating. This is so very important, because you’re setting your child’s appetite up to be cyclical and not random. Leave it to Melissa & Doug to create a fun, functional, high-quality toddler chair. Over time her weight increased a little, and her meal time behavior become more ''adult''. -Be mindful of juice and other liquids. We try to get him to eat lunch in it but usually he eats it ''on the run'' while playing outside, in the park, or sometimes even in the living room. The issue is now that my husband and I are at odds with how to handle this. In fact, it’s rare that kids under 10 (or even older) sit and eat meals at an appropriate height (most kids aged 3 to 9 years need a booster seat and a stool under their feet). They will totally sit in my lap and eat the same food off of my plate. He hasn't tried to control us since. Our high chair gives us the option to remove the tray and push her up to the table, which we did try last night thinking that maybe she just wanted to sit “at the table” like us, instead of eating from her tray. So far (just two nights right now), we have told her that if she doesn't sit in the high chair, she won't get dinner. Your (and our) child WILL become a civilized eater someday but he's a toddler, there's too much fun to have, things to do and see and he doesn't want to miss a second of it. Connecting with your child before mealtime will significantly reduce dinnertime battles. We had one in our kitchen for many, many years for breakfast, lunch or snack times when I didn’t feel like dirtying up our nice dining table (and upholstered dining chairs, we were SO STUPID to ever buy upholstered dining chairs). The key to him eating super well is for him to be otherwise engaged and active. My husband and I have redoubled our efforts to eat meals at the kitchen table together and encourage our son to sit with us and eat, or at least sit with us for a few minutes (baby steps). Lastly some kids are not so hungry in the evening, so maybe he really is full...Good luck, I know how stressful the journey can be, but the book I mentioned really helped me manage my anxiety around mealtimes. However my son, who is 18 mths now, does NOT do well in a booster seat. Then I let her graze at will. Good Luck, Sarah. His friend is about a month older and his parents have had some difficulties getting him to eat meals consistently. Best High Chair to Fold Away- JOOVY Nook High Chair If you don’t have much space or you just don’t want to constantly look at a high chair then we’ve got the one for you. However, we gave in on the lap when he wanted it, and he just grew out of it eventually. Toddlers at that age are just too excited about exploring life to sit and eat, like, at all! bdbelladonna responded: If your child doesn't like the highchair or traditional style booster seats try the Ka-boost if he will sit properly by him self on a grown up chair. When he gets up and says he isn't hungry, believe him. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah. -When you serve meals, put the healthiest items on the plate first. So hang in there, these little guys won't let themselves starve as long as quality food is offered. mama to another active 2-year-old, I highly recommend Ellyn Satter's book ''Child of Mine'' for feeding strategies. Sleeps through and his parents are delighted. I JUST SCREAM MY FOOL HEAD OFF LIKE ONE. Our kids eat from a small table. -Involve them in the dinner prep-process. Our son has used his since he was about the same age as your daughter. It sounds like she wants to be closer to the two of you when she eats -- the distancing of the highchair is perhaps making her feel left out. Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy | Site by CooperHouse, Pick Your Battles: Toddler vs. High Chair, Potty Training: Out-Stubborning the Stubbornest of Stubborn Kids. We started putting her toys and books on the dinner table and also bought some coloring place mat-pen sets. All of a sudden my soon-to-be 15-month-old daughter refuses to eat in her high chair. He absolutely hates being strapped in anywhere – car seat, pram, high chair. Toys R Us has new ones. Sur La Table has a great selection of individual metal cutters for $1 so you can find something he's really into (trains, dinosaurs, you name it). My philosophy is that I am responsible for providing decent food for my child to grow, and I can work with her on how/when she gets the food into her body. But he’s developed an annoying little habit of refusing to sit in his high chair to eat. I sit my 2 year old down at the table with us in a chair like ours so she feels like a big girl. Also, by letting him decide he has had enough, you are letting him learn to listen to his own body and regulate his appetite himself, instead of doing it for him. Good luck! '', I know he's hungry (and as a toddler he already eats next to nothing), so it's frustrating! I bring toys and books and crayons and he just wants to walk around and look at other people. My youngest has almost completely outgrown the grazing phase. I held my toddler during dinners and fed him from my plate many times, and now he is back in the high chair, happily, enjoying feeding himself with his own fork. So we worked on how to get her to eat more than 1-3 bites at each meal, and made sure those 3 bites were as nutrient dense as possible. Initially, we would still put food in her mouth while she played with her toys or read or drew on her placemat, but she sat for increasingly longer periods of time and eventually started picking food off her plate as she played. Welcome to the big kids’ table, little one! We just went through that with my 2.5 year old and what I tried worked like a charm after only two times of doing it (I am very proud of myself!). Once you leave the table to go play/wander, your food goes away. I've got some more ideas on, a blog I just started this summer. The battles were so annoying. We never had a high chair anyway, just a booster. Sitting on our laps is fine, if that works. He wants to sit in an adult dining chair like his older 4yr old. You may want to borrow one from a friend and see whether your daughter takes to it. -Best wishes! These expert ideas for fostering good mealtime habits will help. The same thing happened with my son. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. These are by no means quiet, intimate dinners. If I had time or energy, I’d look it up, but I’d hazard a guess it’s a bit of a holdover from when eating unknown things could kill you. he won't eat and doesn't stay in his seat, etc. still workng on table manners. There is a desert reward if he eats a meal but usually he's not that interested in it so I don't force the food. Yes, she’ll have the freedom to get up and leave the table. As they get older, they ask to be excused and bus their plates to the sink. Most times we would put some food on a small table and let him come by and snack as he played. If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected]. Your child will only become increasingly more obnoxious with ridiculous battles for the next few years. He enthusiastically comes to the table for all meals now and eats until he is done. Thanks! This is not only a choking hazard, it’s also counter-productive, as the more you allow him to do it, the less likely it is that he’ll ever consent to being placed in a highchair at mealtimes! We made sure there was enough stuff at the table to keep her interested and occupied enough to eat her food there. The kids now eat at the table, more or less nicely, until they ask to be excused, at which point they are done. © 2016 Alpha Mom. She loves Dora so much that she can't wait to sit down and eat on Dora. It is up to parents to socialize their children and teach manners and wanted behaviors for reasons of family harmony and social lubrication. Like your son, sitting in the high chair would last for about 15 seconds, and ''meals'' consisted of 2-6 bites. I wouldn't mind them except that's it's difficult to keep the toddler so it's not a pain. Portable High Chair: Having a footrest at the right height is good for the body and goes a long way toward cutting down wiggles. Overall, my advice is to let it be, let him be himself and he will most likely model his behavior on yours and what he sees you and the rest of the family doing as he gets old enough to be capable of doing so. We had one of those Safety First portable high chairs that straps onto a regular chair as a booster seat and also has a tray like a high chair. Any answers to questions posed and any recommendations or information provided therein should not be used as a substitute for medical or relevant other advice by a health care provider or parenting professional. It might be time for a booster seat, similar to the plastic ones that are in restaurants. We just have on of the cheaper plastic IKEA junior chairs and our four year old still uses it and it’s awesome. Children want their parent’s attention more than anything in the world. Finally, do you think your son gets enough sleep? They learn how to make conversation, they learn table manners and they learn to take time to eat and possibly avoid the habit of constant snacking. From that I realized that we primarily had a behavior issue that was leading to a nutrition issue. When a toddler won’t sit still in a high chair at a restaurant, you as the parent must teach them proper restaurant behavior. Getting my 19-month-old to … LogicalMama. The phase isn't ending because he has learned that mom and dad will follow him around feeding him and he doesn't have to sit down to eat. If you’re new here, you may not know that one of the best first strategies I share is spacing your child’s meals 2.5 – 3 hours apart with no snacking in between but water.

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