High chairs for toddlers

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High chairs for toddlers

Postby catkin » 20 Dec 2010, 19:51

Hey, this one's actually vaguely food-related!
After a false start, we've been doing well with the good old Ikea Antilop. But recently mouse is just not staying in it. He keeps trying to climb onto the table if he sees anything there he fancies, and this morning at breakfast I looked up to see him sitting on the edge singing "humpty dumpty sat on the wall" :o
What do people do with their toddlers? I was wondering about getting something tripp-trapp style, getting a booster seat, or just getting a large tie-on cushion so he can use a normal chair. Would either of the latter two be safely climb in/out of?
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby Piegea » 20 Dec 2010, 19:56

The thing I love about the TT is that it is easy for R to get in and out by herself, and it's SO easy to clean.
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby Rosie_t_Riveter » 20 Dec 2010, 19:57

Oh, I'm so glad it's not just me! TheWriggler has been complaining about his Antilop for a few weeks, so I've asked my parents to get him a HandySitt for Christmas. It arrived today, just after he climbed out of it and landed flat on his back :scream

Fortunately he's ok but I can't wait to get him in the new chair!
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby Louisianablue2000 » 20 Dec 2010, 19:59

Another vote for the TT here, one of our best purchasing decisions. Well, until we realised we needed a second one for DD2...
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See DD2's weaning video here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisianab ... 826217940/

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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby Sandytoes » 20 Dec 2010, 20:05

We've got a five point harness from Boots - it came as a set of reins but it also has loops to attach to a highchair and that seems to have stopped T's climbing antics for the moment.
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby Morlyte » 21 Dec 2010, 08:34

We have a Babydan, similar to the TT but half the price without the loss in quality. Although Joe refuses to sit on a high chair now and only wants to sit on the adult chairs because the high chair is for the bump!
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby catkin » 21 Dec 2010, 11:27

My brother has babydan high chairs, they do look good. But am i kidding myself that freedom to climb in & out will make life easier?
MK, we have some of those reins, but I'm afraid it would be case of tying down an unwilling victim.
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby Morlyte » 21 Dec 2010, 12:40

We had no problems with him in the chair until I becamse pregnant and he started onating stuff to the new baby. I think the new Babyans come with a harness type thing aswell as a wooden bar?
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby Pecarino » 21 Dec 2010, 14:09

Yes DD2 also likes a good climb out of the antilop. She is also partial to standing up in it and waving at us all :scream

I have been using a travel booster seat with some success as she can't quite clamber out of that and it makes her feel like a big girl at the table. Personally if it was me I wouldn't be getting a new highchair at this stage but a booster seat is a useful thing to have anyway...
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby wonkymanor » 21 Dec 2010, 20:25

I have a Fisher Price booster seat which both of my sons have used since 6 months. Ben is now 27 months and still happily sits in it. Rather than highchair 'harnesses', booster seats have clip around the waist so toddler can't escape and you can push the chair it's on right into the table so they sit at the table like mummy and daddy. That has always seemed to make mealtimes happy times for us.
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby catkin » 21 Dec 2010, 21:55

So really what I need to work out is if I'm after more secure captivity to keep him in, or more freedom so he can get out safely when he wants to. Generally he's not good with captivity, so maybe the latter.
Aargh or perhaps he's just at a stage where playing/climbing furniture is more interesting than food, and it's nothing to do with the high chair at all.
I guess we could also try the antilop without tray up at the table to see if that has enough novelty value to keep him in. Or try using our travel h.c. (Phil & Teds) for a few days which he can't escape from.

Please can I have the toddler instruction manual now? :?
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby fourweewonders » 21 Dec 2010, 21:59

we got dd a 5 point harness to keep her in the antilop but she could climb out from day 1 of weaning damn little houdini. We got ds a kaboost when he out grew high chair, it fits on the legs of dining chairs lifting the seat height as we found the seats of most boosters were no bigger than that of high chairs so he was squashed in but with out the table top was almost at his chin height. The kaboost is awsome their not restrained with that.
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby Popsie » 04 Jun 2012, 16:34

We used an ikea chair that I can't see on the website now. It's a bit taller so a toddler can sit at the table and we used reins harness thing to ensure she didn't fall (later for escaping!). It was about £20 I think and just white with a footbar.
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby madcatmummy » 04 Jun 2012, 17:42

We have a tt but AD decided it was for babies so we bought a booster cushion (well, just a cushion really!) For one of the adult seats at the table. It has Velcro to attach it to the back of the chair. She loves being a big girl but she's still quite low down!
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Re: High chairs for toddlers

Postby catkin » 04 Jun 2012, 18:10

This thread was resurrected by a spammer - it's over a year old! For the record, we got a Hauck step chair (similar to TT but cheaper), and it was soooo much better. He's still using it happily at 3 most of the time, sometimes he decides he would rather kneel on a big chair.
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