Baby Led Weaning

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How long in the highchair?

A poster called Chilledy has just asked how long it takes to feed the babies in the BLW stylee, which rather got me thinking. I'm pretty sure that I remember my mother complaining in the early days that it was dragging on, and that if I would just shovel some food into Babybear's mouth then it wouldn't take so damned long. Yeah, thanks Mum.

I reckon that it usually took about half an hour before she signalled that a meal was finished in the traditional manner, ie by casually dropping any remainders off the highchair tray, tipping up her cup and splashing her hands in the water and making a soup out of whatever crapola is left there. I now look out for the first signal and remove her immediately. If she was enjoying herself and if I wasn't in a hurry then I'd leave her in for longer if she wanted to fanny around. Remember, it's for fun more than satisfying any major nutritional craving.

One big change that has taken place with increasing age, however, is that Babybear has discovered how to extricate herself Houdini-style from her and every other highchair we've encountered. Even a five-point harness is no match for her super-collapsible little body. It's very annoying, not to mention terrifying, to turn your back for fifteen seconds and  find her surfing on the tray.

If she spends as much as ten minutes eating by herself nowadays we are in luck, but if we're all having our meal together then she sticks it out for maybe twenty or so minutes. Her appetite also ranges wildly… she loves a big breakfast and a snacky lunch and when it comes to dinner either wolfs down an incredible amount or nothing at all. It's utterly dependent on her teething, the poor wee soul.

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18 Responses to “How long in the highchair?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    wrt escaping from the highchair, when ds1 used to do this – hes 14 now btw – i bought a set of reins from mothercare, they came with some d ring type things which could fasten onto his highchair, put the reins on him, clip them to the d rings that are fastened onto the highchair and it stopped him falling if i turned my back. i think i did the same with ds2 before buying a highchair/booster seat thingy that would fit on a normal chair at the table.

  2. Anonymous says:

    oh good thinking… i'll have to investigate that. she does hate the 5 point harnesses so i bet that a snug little set of reins would suit her better.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have these as well (the Clippasafe ones). At the moment we are just using them as a harness, but they can be used as reins when the prodigies start walking (Weeble is tottering proudly around the living room with his new wooden trolley, oh lord he's not 9 months old yet!)
    Anyway, sorry, distracted by mummy pride there for a second… we haven't used the harness much in the past couple of months (pure laziness) but a few escape attempts have seen it pressed back into service. He doesn't object to it at all, in fact he normally tries to eat it ;-)

  4. Anonymous says:

    We had to get a booster seat (with straps). Munchkin threw major wobbles about going in his highchair, we think because Big Sister sits at the table he had to. He has been much happier and doesn't fight it now. Booster seat has a tray but we've never used it, we just sit him at the table with everyone. (Oh and can I relate to the end of feed, throw everything on the floor, dribble water from beaker on the remainder and play with resulting mess bit!)

  5. Anonymous says:

    I really want to get one of the Ikea high chairs. Widget's current chair is a Mama & Papa's big fat waste of money! The tray doesn't come off so is a nightmare to clean and means DD can't sit up at the table with us, the five point harness is a nightmare to get on and doesn't even detach for cleaning and in general I'm struggling to:
    a) Get Widget in there, and
    b) Keep it clean.
    So, lovely ladies, could one of you with aforementioned white Ikea highchair do me a massive favour please? Could you get your tape measure out and tell me how high it is, so I know if I can get one under our table.
    Thank you in advance!

  6. Anonymous says:

    73cm without tray – probably aboyt 75 with tray
    IKEA are definatly the masters of the one peice injection moulding

  7. Anonymous says:

    we can't get ours under the table which isn't a problem as yet, but when i do ditch the tray i'm just going to chop the legs down a bit. they've got stoppers on the end that look easy enough to pull out, so then it'll just be a bit of business with a hacksaw and i'll be well away.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you both.
    I will get my tape measure out and failing that, the hack saw! I think my current chair may be appearing on eBay shortly :-)

  9. Anonymous says:

    you know what..? i took dd to ikea this morning for breakfast and was most shocked that their highchairs didn't fit under their cafe tables, AND they didn't have trays for them!! i asked if they had trays somewhere for them and they said no.

  10. Anonymous says:

    How daft!
    Have now measured the table and it won't fit under withough the work of a saw, but will probably still get….

  11. Anonymous says:

    yes, dizzy, but did you purloin handfuls of the free bibs in protest? i practically lift Babybear's weight in them… so useful to keep in the buggy bag.

  12. Anonymous says:

    so are ikea breakfasts nice? i have all day to myself – finished work on friday as no1 to look after joshua while im there so am now home all day and able to go shopping without crowds :). we have a new ikea in town and i got a family card which entitles me to free tea or coffee in the restaurant so i plan to use it

  13. Anonymous says:

    I have recently taken up BLW on my 8 month old and thought I would pass on my fishcakes recipe for those who would like it – as it has gone down a storm…
    Cook in ovenproof dish white fish (haddock/cod etc) in milk until turns opaque (check there are no bones!) (gas mark 5 approx 10-15 mins)
    Boil some potatos and mash (no butter /milk needed)
    Finely chop some herbs (flat leaf parsley is good – but it is up to you)
    Add fish and mash together
    Beat an egg and add small amount to mash to bind
    Flour your hands and take small amounts of the mixture to make small patties (to stop them from sticking to your hands)
    Dip each pattie in the beaten egg and dip in bread crumbs (stale or oven dried if possible)
    Place on lightly oiled baking tray and bake in oven gas mark 5 for about 10 minutes or until lightly golden
    They have been fantastic, I put them straight in the freezer to keep fresh and take what I need as and when….Enjoy!
    In the short time we have been BLW, we have tried Lentil cakes, roasted veggies, penne pasta with fresh pesto and parmasan, gnocchi and tomato/mozarella, beef, chicken, olives, rice cakes, crumpets, panini, tuna sandwiches, eggy bread, toast, humous, pitta bread, dried fruit, fresh fruit and veg…the list is endless…mind you I still spoon feed yogurt and weetabix……oh and ready brek – chicken i know…..
    I would really welcome any recipe ideas, as I want to stock the freezer – I am trying bean burgers tomorrow – fingers crossed…

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hey Carrie – lentil cakes sound interesting. Do you have a recipe for them?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Ooh, yes. Lentil cakes please. My lentil patties (lentil, carrot, sweet potato) were a bit soft. And bean burgers as well.

  16. Anonymous says:

    hi guys, remember that the comments aren't searchable so the best thing to do with recipes is email them to me and i'll post them up formally. i'll transfer this across later but it does mean i can't copy any comments across with it, so they'll be lost.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hi there, i will post the lentil cake receipe to the web site, as i think the last one got a little lost the last time :)

  18. Anonymous says:

    god i agree with the bean burgers i put them on the griddle pan to try and get a crisper coating – i wondered whether bread crumbs might help….if i have any joy i will post it – carrie:)

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