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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Highchair vs. Table Training



Oh, the highchair,
ya know that large hunk of ugly plastic eye soar sitting in your kitchen/living room.
As much as I hate that hideous thing, it keeps my child CONTAINED.
Hello, A CONTAINED CHILD is a Mama's favorite thing.

You see, my love hate relationship with the high chair goes like this...
With having an almost two year old, I feel that I need to move him
on to the next stage of development/eating/discipline.
Do I want to?
Not really.
But all this mother and parenting stuff puts stress on you and makes you feel like you got to make your kid grow up faster than they already are.
Is my child going to be 15 and still eating in a high chair.
No.
Good gosh I hope not at least.
So what in the heck is the rush I ask myself...

LOVE
This is where my loving relationship with the highchair comes into play.
I can stick my crazy toddler in the highchair and whip up an extraordinary meal,
you know the one that you can whip up in ten minutes, 
I can actually go pee by MYSELF.
I can go to the laundry room to change out a load of wash all while knowing where the toddler is.
He can watch TV in a contained place
 and when I come back in two minutes and he is still in the same place.
Success.
Peace.
Quite.
The highchair is a Mama's love.
So why ruin it and make him sit at a big boy table?
Not really sure.

HATE
I can not get anything done if my child is not locked and loaded in his highchair.
Raisins, Juice, Yogurt, Cereal Bar, Pouch,
CHECK!
Once he is strapped in I know the timer is on.
I have only a limited time to get stuff done.
Which is bittersweet.
On the occasion I try and "table train" him...holy mother...I swear I lose him in a hot minute.
He gets sidetracked and starts doing his "choo choo dance" around the living room,
then he remembers that book shelf he needs to quickly empty before that crazy women comes rushing in yelling at him.
Or my new favorite, emptying the DVD out of the entertainment center.


I want him to learn how to sit in a regular seat without having to worry if he will actually be there if I happen to go grab the ketchup for the wonderful chicken nuggets meal I just prepared for my family.
I want him to learn to keep his food on his plate
and not hang it over the highchair in hopes a little furry friend will eat whatever he drops.
Our dog eats good I must say.
I want him to learn to make choices, to sit in the chair and eat like Mommy says OR go jump on your bed and dump your bookshelf out on the floor like Mommy has told you NO a million times.
Choices and decisions child.
What do you choose?

So Mama's tell me...
When did you move your child to a big boy table?
Is it too early?
Should I just wait?

9 comments:

Julie Rogers said...

My oldest---right around 2, a booster seat helps keep them contained:) My second, because he wants to be like my oldest, has fought me like crazy about the high chair so we are transitioning him now (around 19 months)! You can do it:)

Carrie said...

I kept my child in his high chair until he was too big for it, like obnoxiously too big for it. People would come over and look at me like I was nuts and I was all like, listen, when he's in there I can actually get something accomplished. He was 3 when I finally transitioned him and it was only bc we moved and I didn't want to move the high chair. Haha. I call those the "good old days". To each their own, but my advice to you is do it when YOU are ready, not when everyone else tells you that you should do it-because if mama ain't happy...

Courtney said...

I want to say it was right after she turned two. We actually bought a small booster seat and started slowly.

Courtney said...

I want to say it was right after she turned two. We actually bought a small booster seat and started slowly.

Di said...

We started about a month ago and my son is 18 months old. We have a booster seat and a little table with chairs. He has done really well with it and will go over to the booster himself when he's hungry. :)

Di said...

We started about a month ago and my son is 18 months old. We have a booster seat and a little table with chairs. He has done really well with it and will go over to the booster himself when he's hungry. :)

Di said...

We started about a month ago and my son is 18 months old. We have a booster seat and a little table with chairs. He has done really well with it and will go over to the booster himself when he's hungry. :)

Erin said...

Jackson is almost 16 months and the Husband thinks its time to start table training with a booster seat but I'm not ready. And honestly I'm not sure if Jackson is either. His current lack of interest in food is causing the Husband to think its time for the switch but I think we're still a little ways off. Plus everything you listed under "love" are my sentiments about high chairs as well!

Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said...

I'm with ya sister. We have those space saver high chair seats which are great so it's not another piece of furntiture and they work well to take the tray off and scoot them up to the table. I too, like the containment, and I actually would like to keep them in it as long as possible (they are just over 2). However, to work on transition, slowly, they eat all of their snacks over at their little picnic table where they have a finite time to sit and complete. Once they master that, then I think we will move solidly into table training. But with a booster for sure. All of my friends can't believe my kids stay in high chairs, but it it works for now, why break it? I figure when they go to MDO next year anyway, they will learn to sit like all of their peers and I'll let them partially train them for me : ) Good luck, Momma! for things like this, I say NO RUSH. Just like my momma said, no kid ever went to kindergarten with a bottle and or preschool without walking. All in due time...