My 11 month old won't sit in her highchair anymore. She just screams until I let her sit in my lap. Ideas?
Other highchair hints:
- Is the highchair comfortable now that your baby is growing? It may need some adjustment. For toddlers, parents must consider if their babies have outgrown the highchair. There are booster seats with safety straps, or you can remove the tray and push her right up to the table with the rest of the family (as long as the child may be securely strapped into the chair without the tray). Be sure to pay attention to the guidelines that come along with the various chairs and seats.
- How much time does your baby spend in the highchair? Her body is learning new skills (like pulling up to stand) and the drive to practice is strong at this age. I can remember my very active daughter at this age being able to sit in the highchair for maybe 5-10 minutes at a meal. I would have the meal all plated up, put her in the seat, and put the food down. Sometimes she ate quickly, sometimes she would eat only a few bites, then she would start playing which meant she was done.
- This too shall pass. As babies get older, they are able to sit independently in highchairs for longer periods of time. In my family, we didn't always use a highchair. I have fond memories (and pictures) of my (now, almost 3-year old) daughter sitting on her Daddy's lap sharing his dinner. Then she would switch to my lap and have some of mine. Today, she sits in a big girl chair at the table without a problem. Though she still likes to eat off our plates...after she's finished what's on hers.
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