Post # 1
bees, so my 5 week old son does not like to lie in his bassinet anymore during mealtimes and gets extremely cranky. as soon as we hold him on our laps and he can see what’s going on and ‘participate’, he’s peaceful like an angel.
as holding him throughout the entire meals isn’t really a good option, i am wondering whether there are any options that he can kind of sit in and watch us? i’ve read that most of the 2in1 highchairs aren’t really good for the back of small babies but would it be so bad to put him in something like that for the 15-20 minutes a meal takes? or what else to do?
Post # 3
Oldtimer here (over 50)
When our babies were young, we found that holding them thru mealtime was cumbersome… awkward
As you’ve said all they want really is to see what is going on / attention (be part of things… can hardly blame them)
We bought a baby chair… that was stationary (didn’t rock or bounce). We would sit them up / strap them in… and put them on one end of the table (they were now at eye level to us who were seated)… we used it for other purposes too… feeding, watching Tv in the living room etc. Generally places where in life you’d prefer to be seated than laying down.
It wasn’t expensive and worked well for us. Filled the interim well between laying down and being able to sit in a regular high chair.
It was “something” like this one… only with ours, the toys aspect were removable (not sure if this one is)
Hope this helps,
Post # 4
I don’t have a baby yet, but was in high school when my siblings were born. When they were really small, I want to say that we just put them in their carseet on top of chair or on the table or something… (Whatever it was definitely involved the carseat, but was stable and not a death trap like this sounds, haha)
Post # 5
TO @Mrs.LemonDrop: a car seat is also a good alternative… if it isn’t too huge. Many on the market are quite large.
Not sure where the “death-trap” comment came from. The baby chair that we used for our kids was certainly quite stable. I find your comment actually quite offensive, and not humourous in the least (the ha-ha ending)
Post # 6
@This Time Round: Wow. Um.. Because the thought of a carseat sitting on a regular dining room chair doesn’t sound stable to me at all considering many – including ours – are fabric covered. I don’t remember if my mom had to alter the chair at all to make sure the carseat sat reliably on the chair. Which, frankly, setting a carseat on plush chair yes, sounds a bit death-trappy to me if it’s not secured to the chair. It wasn’t about you, it was about what *I* was describing to highlight my explanation was probably missing a step.
Sheesh. Sensitive much.
Post # 7
TO @Mrs.LemonDrop: obviously we have misunderstood each other. You were referring to the car seat as being the death-trap seated on a narrow / flimsy Dining Room Chair (ya I wouldn’t recommend that either).
And I was referring to a baby seat, being placed on the table… larger base, more stable, baby strapped in etc. And Parents present / within arms length… looking right at the kid thru dinner.
Post # 8
I was a nanny for an infant and a 1.5 year old girl. We used a baby seat- like a bouncer (I don’t think it actually bounced, but maybe it was supposed to-) like the one This Time Round suggested and we placed it in the center of the table. He was not happy unless he was in the center of the action. It was 100% completely safe. I am very careful and would never do anything unsafe. It was a large table and he liked watching his sister and interacting with her. When he was big enough he had a clamp on baby seat (like a high chair that clamps onto the side of the table).
Post # 9
Well, I am the safety police, LOL. So we use a bouncer on the floor. If the LO won’t tolerate that, we put her on her playmat and sit on the floor with her or take turns eating while one of us holds her.
Post # 10
Please don’t do a car seat or bouncer on the table! I can’t tell you how many CPS investigations I participated in regarding parents doing that and the baby falling off the table. Have you tried a rock and play? Just put it next to you as you eat.