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#1 RachelleK

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 01:48 PM

Mummas out there - do you find your midget eats more when they can move around (as opposed to being stuck in the highchair?)

Have been having a battle of late with DS (almost 10mths) to eat food. Clearly he'll eat anything off a spoon - but lately my good 'hands on' eater has turned into a highchair tornado, cracking it at being restrained - resulting in a hungry & cranky assed little man later in the day.

I've been putting him in his walker thingy:
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Not withstanding my floors are now taking an UTTER BEATING! He's so happy to roll about the place and pick at whatever I've put on his tray. Is this a potentially bad idea? I want him having a full belly (and ok I'll admit sleep longer LMAO!!) but don't want him to totally hating the highchair!

Do I keep on strapping him in and making him stay in there (not what I want to do!) or just let him roll about the house picking and flinging as he chooses rolleyes.gif



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Posted 16 February 2012 - 05:23 PM

If it was me I would make him stay in the highchair. Life isn't all about fun stuff and the sooner they realize that the better. Gosh, that sounds mean ph34r.gif

I guess I really mean that adults don't roam around and eat, its not considered polite manners, esp if you go out to dinner or to a friends.

My son hates being restrained too esp in the pram or highchair. He screamed nearly every time he was in the car seat from birth till 10 months blink.gif From 10 months I think he just accepted that when we are in the car, this is what has to happen.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:07 PM

Im with Hayley, I would try and persist with the highchair as when they start walking their sticky little fingers get on EVERYTHING. Maybe try putting him in the chair next to you while you do something, like cooking etc. Or even try him in it outside. If you have a bumbo maybe try that, or if you have a highchair thingy that straps to table chairs, try that (even sitting it on the floor near you or such).

Do you strap him in? Make sure it isnt too tight, rubbing his skin etc. Or even just do the waist only belt up. I took the straps off mine as I had so much trouble getting them clean. And have only recently put them back on when DD was born as I know sometimes cannot watch him, if I need to tend to her.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 06:15 PM

I wouldn't let him move around in his walker while eating. I would let him try sitting on a cushion or a booster but sitting up at the table wouldm't be an option

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 07:31 PM

I agree with the other girls. I let DS sneak stuff from my plate sometimes, but I don't want him getting dirty and smearing food over my stuff!

Chelly had a good idea, could you maybe put him on a table and chair to sit? Or even have him sitting on the floor? I don't like DS walking and climbing with a mouthful of food in case it goes down the wrong way and chokes him.

#6 RachelleK

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 05:45 AM

Thanks ladies smile.gif I am mightily sick and tired of cleaning cleaning CLEANING - yet sick of fighting as well. Might just be a stage of hating captivity - he hates being changed as well - screams and chucks a mental as soon as he's laid down on the change mat. We have run out of distractions wink.gif

He's get strapped in pretty loosely around the waist only and the tray locks him in as well. I shall persist with the chair! He is always sitting next to me while we eat - I swear it's just being bored and he figures "chuck a mental and I can get down to play" - hrmm - not really an attitufe I should be enabling!

Also liking Chelley's idea about the table and chairs - will see how he goes using friends before we buy one smile.gif

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 07:34 AM

I try to keep DD in one place but around 18 months that became a nightmare. I got her a table and chairs so she'd eat on the chair but get up and wander around between mouthfuls. That seemed to keep her happy most of the time.

She's now in a booster seat at the big table and that seems to help keep her contained, it seems more grown up and exciting
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:21 AM

QUOTE(bluenomi @ Feb 17 2012, 08:34 AM) View Post

I try to keep DD in one place but around 18 months that became a nightmare. I got her a table and chairs so she'd eat on the chair but get up and wander around between mouthfuls. That seemed to keep her happy most of the time.

She's now in a booster seat at the big table and that seems to help keep her contained, it seems more grown up and exciting


Ben now does a combination of

1. Sitting in his highchair
2. Sitting at the big table in his booster seat
3. Sitting at his little table and chairs

We don't let him roam around while eating but certainly if he is at his little table and chairs he might get up and walk around in between mouthfuls.

We stuck to just the highchair for at least 18 months, we simply made it clear that eating happened in that chair and if he wanted to eat that's where he needed to be.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 09:45 AM

I find my DD eats better if her whole meal isn't plonked down in front of her and she has to sit in her highchair and eat it. Dinner is the main problem. So from about 4:00 onwards if she comes to me asking for a snack she gets dinner type food. So bits of salad or vegies or beans etc one type at a time in a little cup. That way when it gets to actual dinner time I'm not too stressed if she doesn't eat it all. She either eats it while watching her afternoon tv program or we sit out the back together or sometimes she just roams around the house, but she's 2 and a bit better coordinated than a 10 month old!

She still knows she needs to sit for some meals. I think it's a win win as it keeps me sane knowing she's eating, but she also some boundarys.

I pick my battles. For me I would rather she eat food than sit in a chair.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:21 AM

QUOTE(AliRo @ Feb 17 2012, 09:45 AM) View Post

I pick my battles. For me I would rather she eat food than sit in a chair.


I also pick my battles, but I would rather she sit in a chair than eat food laugh.gif (disclaimer: DD has never had weight gain issues, she's consistently on the 90+ percentile for weight and height, she's never decided to completely skip a meal or several in a row, and if she doesn't eat much she still sleeps through the night. I'd soften my stance if this wasn't the case.)

Like AliRo I find that DD eats better if her whole dinner isn't in front of her. We also mix it up a bit. Usually for morning tea or afternoon tea we eat at her little table or a picnic on the floor. I just try to choose less messy foods (I.e. an apple over orange or something like that). On weekends we all eat at the dining room table, during the week her high chair is at the breakfast bar and I'm on a stool next to her. I'm also not above bribery. I ask dd if she wants her lunch/dinner/favourite food (in her case cheese), and tell her she has to sit in her high chair to eat it, and I put it on the tray so she can see it. That worked well until she was tall enough to reach the tray and swipe the food!! When that doesn't work I wait a bit and try again.

I worry too much about the choking aspect so I don't let her roam with food. She is requested to sit to eat and when she gets up I take the food (after warning her that will happen), and deal with the ensuing tantrum.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:30 AM

I will add, that most of the time she does sit in her highchair. But if it's one of THOSE days I would rather not make a huge drama out of it. And I too offer bribes (usually a healthy treat that she totally loves if she finishes what is in front of her on her tray!). However at 10 months you can't use reason, so just do what works.

And usually my roaming foods are foods that don't cause much mess like cucumber or cheese or beans wink.gif

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 12:45 PM

QUOTE(AliRo @ Feb 17 2012, 10:45 AM) View Post

I pick my battles. For me I would rather she eat food than sit in a chair.


I'm the same, DD's a fussy eater and I'd rather she eat something than worry about where she eats it. If I need to follow her around the lounge room with a spoon full of vegies in order to get her to eat it, so be it!
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