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#1 Mariamsmum

Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:51 AM

We have the ikea antilop high chairs but my boys at 16 months barely sit in them and when they do, they try and stand up in them. We have a little wooden table and chairs set and have been using those for meals in the last week but it is a bit hard going getting them to stay still.
I am too scared to actually sell the high chairs as I remember DS1 was in one till over 2years old.
How old were your children when you stopped using high chairs?

#2 mygorgeousboy

Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:58 AM

With DS1 we stopped at about 2 but with DS2 he wants to be just like his big brother so we packed the high chair away when he was 17mths old. He sits at the table with us on a booster. original.gif

#3 Soontobegran

Posted 07 April 2012 - 09:58 AM

Not until they could sit still on a chair at the family meal table for the entire meal time.
Meal times were drama enough without having to chase children down. original.gif
Definitely not at 16 months, more likely to have been well over 2 to 3.

#4 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:01 AM


Edited by humphreymum, 09 April 2012 - 11:56 PM.

#5 4boys4me

Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:20 AM

Not until they could sit still on a chair at the family meal table for the entire meal time.
Meal times were drama enough without having to chase children down.  
Definitely not at 16 months, more likely to have been well over 2 to 3.

I agree. Mine were well over 3 before they stopped using them. My highchair also has an adjustable harness so there was no escaping.  laughing2.gif

#6 Jekaho

Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:31 AM

We were still using the highchair til almost three years old at home. When out, he was either just on a normal chair or a booster seat. But we used the high chair to keep him at the table. IKEA one.
Now he is fine in a normal chair at the table, and stays put.

#7 Angelina Ballerina

Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:35 AM

About 2.5 we stopped using it regularly.
DS did sit in it the other day though to copy his baby sister.

He usually sits at the dining table with us or at his little table and chairs.

#8 SeaPrincess

Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:47 AM

When they were old enough to sit sensibly, we moved to a wooden high chair with no strap.  DS1 used it until he was too tall to get his knees under the table.  DS2 stopped using his shortly after because he wanted to be the same, and DD is still in it at 2y8m.

We also use the small table and chairs, but when we first started, I would sit there with them for the entire meal to make sure they sat properly.


#9 QueenIanthe

Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:50 AM

QUOTE (soontobegran @ 07/04/2012, 09:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not until they could sit still on a chair at the family meal table for the entire meal time.
Meal times were drama enough without having to chase children down. original.gif
Definitely not at 16 months, more likely to have been well over 2 to 3.

Same here.

#10 poss71

Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:54 AM

A lot sooner with DD1 than DD2, because she had her big sister as an example of how to sit nicely at the table.

Also, both girls were at childcare 3 days a week, and sat at a table for lunch there from about 11months old. So I guess someone else trained them lol.


Posted 07 April 2012 - 10:56 AM

We have one that can be height adjustable. DS2 is 3 and uses his all the time instead of a kitchen chair. We don't have the front on it he just uses the table.

#12 Beltie

Posted 07 April 2012 - 11:56 AM

DD2 stopped using hers before she was 12 months. She would thrash about in it and was a danger to all. It was much safer to have her at the children's table with DD1. Her behaviour was much better too.

#13 squirt081

Posted 07 April 2012 - 12:11 PM

DD stopped using her high chair at 19mths but we bought her a booster so she is high enough for the table. She is now 2.5yrs and we will no longer use that when she wants to be a big girl.

#14 JupitersMoon

Posted 07 April 2012 - 12:24 PM

We are still using it at 22 months except for dinner - she sits at herown little table. She will sit still and eat as long as I sit with her.  For some reason she just screams her head off if we try to u highchair at dinnertime!

#15 JuniorGandR

Posted 07 April 2012 - 12:25 PM

DD refused her high chair at 16 months, thrashed around, would not eat. So we tried a booster seat, and it worked. She also eats happily at her little table and chairs. As a PP said, that is what they do at daycare, and she goes 3 days a week so she has probably learned that there. That is probably why she refused the high chair - she'd just graduated to the bigger room so didn't want to be a baby anymore.

#16 MsFeralPerthFembo

Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:52 PM

We've been using a booster at the table since 10 months. We keep the high chair  the times there us no room at the table (dh playing games with his friends on it)

#17 Chelara

Posted 07 April 2012 - 01:58 PM

Dd is nearly 3 and still uses her ikea antilop for every meal, with the tray it also helps contain the mess.

#18 Soontobegran

Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:00 PM

You can see be the answers OP that there really is no answer. original.gif
I just worked on the theory that I didn't want to make more work for myself and if they were going to try and escape from the table then they stayed in their highchair.
I worked on the same theory for the cot to bed transition.
I had 3 cots going at one stage. original.gif

#19 blissfulqueenb

Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:39 PM

We have the Stokke style ones (not a genuine Stokke) and I have just sold the one that my 7.5 year old daughter was still sitting in until a week ago.  I read about the importance of feet being flat and supported whilst eating, so I bought 3 of them for my kids when they were 1,3 and 5. Only now when my 7year olds feet can touch the floor have we gotten rid of it (she still fitted). No tray or anything of course by this stage.

I've loved them because at least if the kids do climb on them (which they do) they are very secure and don't tip.  You can push them in hard up to the table and they can't push them backwards to escape!  Just be careful with some of the dodgy cheap copies that don't have long enough legs at the back and can topple.  original.gif

#20 Chelara

Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:48 PM

[quote name='blissfulqueenb' date='07/04/2012, 02:39 PM' post='14467147'

Just be careful with some of the dodgy cheap copies that don't have long enough legs at the back and can topple.  original.gif

Yeah the Stokke tripp trapp is one of the worst offenders! wink.gif

#21 jcbenny

Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:53 PM

2.5yo dd enjoys being a big girl at the table. Doesn't want to sit in her high chair any longer...

#22 blissfulqueenb

Posted 07 April 2012 - 02:58 PM

As mentioned, we don't have a Stokke (for this reason) however if you do, Stokke provided free stabilisers to those who want them.

#23 KristyMum-

Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:04 PM

about 18mths, probably earlier for #5.

He was sitting up at the breakfast bar with the big kids (chairs have backs on them, between two bigger kids he was) and he could climb before 12mths so instead of removing every chair from the house we taught him to do it safely and supervised.

That said I know someone who's 3.5y/o still sits in the highchair
and people who's kids still have day sleeps lol

Edited by KristyMum-, 07 April 2012 - 03:05 PM.

#24 Bob-the-skull

Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:07 PM

we used a booster seat at the table by the time both of my kids were about 12-18mths... old enough to sit still at the table without needing a harness.

we had the solid plastic type ones that you attach to the chair with straps with clips though, they only really came with a 3 point harness which was pointless.

#25 Mariamsmum

Posted 07 April 2012 - 03:58 PM

Thanks everyone, I also think its because they started daycare and sit at a table with the other kids. I will persevere with the table and chairs and see if they improve :-)

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