You may recall the day you were strapping a wobbly baby into a high chair for their first taste of solid food. While some youngsters continue to enjoy dining in a high chair happily and safely into their early years, others must transition earlier. Early-learning specialist Kim says a booster seat can be an excellent solution for a toddler who wants to eat at the table like the rest of the family but isn't tall enough to sit in a regular chair.
A booster seat is used with a traditional dining chair to raise your child so they can reach the table while sitting unassisted. Boosters are a great alternative to kid-sized tables and make family dinner time at the table possible. Life coach Jeanine says that an inclusive eating environment with lots of conversation can help to promote a sense of belonging and confidence in your child.
Before purchasing a booster seat, you must consider whether it offers the appropriate support for your child and will work with your dining area and family eating habits. The following article discusses some things to consider when deciding if a booster seat is right for your child.
By the age of 3, most children are suited to use our boosters. Our boosters are perfect for fidgety toddlers as they feature 2 secure straps that create a solid attachment to the chair.
A booster seat offers a sense of independence and equality for a toddler who doesn't want to be held down since they are pushed right up to the table. The newfound excitement of being completely included may help with difficult behaviours like food fussiness or dinner-time rages.
If you have a climbing toddler, getting rid of the high chair may be a smart idea. Climbing toddlers are frequently tempted to climb up and down the sides of high chairs, which is dangerous. Boosters can simply be removed from your dining chair and put away in a secure location between meals and snacks to avoid the urge to climb.
Booster chairs should be secured to a sturdy, hard-backed dining chair alone. Some boosters require that the seat be made of a solid surface (no cushion). If you use lightweight dining chairs or folding seats, this product isn't for you.
Your youngster should be able to sit upright and hold a fork, knife, or spoon in their hands while eating. The table or kitchen counter should be hefty enough that they can't push it over or knock anything over while seated at the table. Toddlers shouldn't eat near the wall since they may push off with their feet and fall over if they lean back far enough.
Do not leave your toddler unattended in the booster seat. If you know you'll need to leave the booster (even if it's only for a second) because of how your kitchen and dining area are arranged, you may need to opt for a mobile high chair instead.
The uses for a booster are endless. They are perfect for mealtime, completing homework or even piano lessons. Piano teacher Wendy utilises boosters for her younger students who otherwise would have trouble reaching the keys.
Interior design expert Gary loves using boosters when designing homes with children. They are removable and virtually invisible when chairs are tucked under dining tables and they come in a variety of colours and prints that blend far more seamlessly than a bright, plastic highchair.
The booster is guaranteed to make cleaning your high chair much easier. With typical high chairs, you have straps to scrub and soak and crevices that retain fossilised crumbs of food. Our vinyl boosters are super easy to clean and transport. Upholstery expert Pete says vinyl is the perfect material for young kids. It can be easily cleaned with warm soapy water or a disinfecting agent which will make for a healthy eating environment for your child.
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