But I Dont Want To Sit In A High Chair

Having a child that thinks dinner, lunch and anything else involving any kind of food is a complete waste of time is a bit challenging when we’re out and about. To Little Z, life should all be about fun and running and playing with toys. Food doesn’t feature on that list at all. Meat is bad. Veg is bad. Pulses are bad. Fish fingers and pasta are ok. And fruit is amazing. Yep…fruit. Bizarrely he absolutely loves fruit and my parents regularly joke about how a meat loving pair have ended up with a seemingly veggie child.

Little Z has always been on the skinny side and, like any good medal deserving parent, I’ve always taken full advantage of this when it comes to high chairs. We found he fit into a lot of the bigger toddler ones for quite a while and would speedily whisk him into one as soon as we enter a restaurant. He’d happily get distracted by the crayons and colouring sheets for a while before realising he couldn’t escape. We were happy and he was happy (mostly).

Then over the last few months he’s suddenly had a few growth spurts and the day came when we realised he would have to sit in a proper chair. With no belt. With complete freedom in sight. With the capacity to shoot off in any direction a 3 year old wants to. His little face lights up each time we visit somewhere. As if he’s scanning the proximity of the place quickly go get his bearings of what will be his new playground. With a cautious “I don’t want to sit in a high chair” thrown our way. As if to check. A smile on his face as we tell him he can sit on a proper chair.

Uh oh.

The first few times was spent trying to persuade a squirmy eager boy to sit still as we made lame threats and promises of no ice cream / lots of ice cream / new toy / no toy. Then came the “that waiter is looking” trick which worked for a while. Then came the chasing him about whilst trying to eat and relax and not play a bickering tag team game with the hubby phase. I don’t think this this last phase ever ends.

And after months of scooping him up
repeatedly has come a handful of outings where he’s sat down (mostly!) through the entire meal. And entertained himself and us through non stop chatter and stories. He only lasts till about dessert time but I will take that as a complete success. Could it be?

Little Z has learnt how to sit still?


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  1. Sarah MumofThree World August 18, 2014 / 9:14 am

    Here’s hoping! (Although there is something quite cute about those days.)
    When some toddlers came into the same restaurant as us the other day and my kids started complaining, I realised how far we’d come. We might still have table manners issues and my daughter might still eat way too slowly, but they do sit still and they do generally keep their voices down to a reasonable level.
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  2. Coombe Mill August 18, 2014 / 5:26 pm

    What a great milestone to hit, no more running around cafe and restaurants trying to catch him! I hope it lasts and he keeps you entertained through each meal out! Popping in from Magic Moments.
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  3. Lystra Maisey August 18, 2014 / 8:14 pm

    Hello there, that is fantastic-hats off to you! I long for the days of the high chair as our little chap hasn’t sat down much since! I am going to persevere though, he’s always too busy to eat at the moment but it would be amazing to be able to sit at a restaurant for more than two minutes! #magicmoments
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  4. Katie @mummydaddyme August 18, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    I am pretty lucky in that my girl’s LOVE to eat (well as long as it is things they like to eat) so as long as they keep continuously getting fed food throughout a meal out, they are generally ok and don’t kick up a fuss. I have to stress to the waiters that they bring the food out as soon as it’s ready though as if there is much break between courses then all hell could break loose. ;0)
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  5. Tarana August 19, 2014 / 5:19 pm

    That’s how they are! Out high chair is rarely used, and even when out, my son won’t sit on them. It’s definitely a challenge!
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  6. Hayley @hayleyfromhome August 19, 2014 / 8:34 pm

    I love this photo so much Tas, his cute little face! This post could have been written about Lucas…ALL of it! After about two months of constantly chasing him down he realised he would have to stay sat on his chair and it seems to have clicked now, and I take fruit everywhere with me to pacify him if need be 🙂
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  7. Jenny August 22, 2014 / 5:41 am

    That’s fantastic. Love the photo and his cheeky face! I always tell the waiters to rush each course. My kids have no patience when it comes to food! Way to go little z! Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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  8. Jaime Oliver August 25, 2014 / 11:36 am

    awww lovely i hear you on this our 3 year old is for the most part out of the high chair and its a nightmare!

    its a lovely growing up moment but one that could be stressful too

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