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Flat out refusing the highchair
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:42 AM
Until 2 days ago we never had any problems with our 16 mo DD getting into her high chair. We would tell her to get her high chair and she would bring it over and then put her and and no issues.
Then 2 days ago she started screaming and kicking when we tried to put her in. It has continued that way since. Screams and wriggles so much that we just can't get her in. And if we do happen to she refuses / throws her food on the ground in frustration!
Has anyone had this and what on earth do we do. Since then I have been holding her, getting her to sit on her little lounge etc but she doesn't stay still long enough to really eat much. This also means that we can't just give her her food and let her feed herself.
Have contemplated using the small chair and table but she has ants in her pants and will not stay there for more than say 20 seconds!
Any advice would be great as we are going out of our minds!
Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:44 PM
How about a booster seat? I think you can get ones that strap them in.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:53 PM
My Ds did the same thing at that age so I bought a booster seat that straps on to my kitchen chairs, it has its own straps to strap thr kid in. He loved it he was sitting at the table at the same hight us everyone else.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:00 PM
We started using a booster seat too when DS1 started refusing to sit in the high chair. It straps onto the normal dining chairs, and also straps them in. dS1 is now 3 and still uses it.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:02 PM
My DD sits at her own little table. At first she would get up a lot - but if she did we would ask her if she was finished and if not then to sit back down. If she kept doing it then her plate would be taken away. She's pretty good at sitting until she's actually finished now (not necessarily eaten it all, but enough that she doesn't want anymore). We started her on the table & chair at about 12 months.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:11 PM
OP, I think the problem is that your DD doesn't want to sit still to eat. Mine is the same.
Can you push the high chair up to your dining table and let her eat with you rather than just feeding her? I've found DD is much more willing to sit in the high chair if she is participating in a meal rather than just being fed.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 09:33 PM
DS was doing this at 13 months and we removed the 'leg insertion' bit of his highchair (it converts to a booster seat) and that stopped him. We also have something of interest on the table for him to pick up - usually food, but sometimes a toy. Letting him feed himself as much as possible is also a great motivator. I'd agree with other PPs to try a booster seat or have his own little table and chair.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:28 PM
My 22 month old started doing the same thing awhile ago. She just didn't want to sit down to eat. We got around it with lots of distraction- toys, make game out of it, singing.. she ended up getting over it and sits in thigh HC now.
I won't let her sit at a little table because she won't sit down to eat and gets distracted by her big sisters.
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