Highchairs and holidays….The Food Adventures of Baby I Love Greens
20th May 2014
So we’re back from our first holiday in the sun and what a wonderful time we had. We were away with my parents, sister and her boyfriend. It was quite a challenge to stop my Dad from secretly stuffing something into Baby ILG’s mouth I can tell you! It seems that babies reach a certain age and everyone becomes obsessed with how ‘boring’ It must be to only have milk, and how ‘mean’ it is to sit and eat in front of her! Well she certainly started paying more attention to food during the week as we sat her at the table in a highchair with us. Her beady little eyes were tracking the food from plate to mouth and she looked thoroughly intrigued by it all. It was really lovely having her sat at the table with us (now she can sit almost unsupported) and it’s made me realise how important it is to me that we share our meal times around a table. Incidentally the only highchair they seem to make in Lanzarote is this Ikea one – it was everywhere but Baby ILG loved it (and it would be so easy to clean at home). It also made a great splash tray for her to play in on hot afternoons
Back home we had already purchased a highchair in readiness for the food adventures. Now I know lots of people use their laps or a Bumbo to begin with but I like the idea of her sitting in her own special chair with us, so I started my internet search about a month ago. MY GOD – I never realised what choice there would be for highchairs! We settled on this pretty little number…
It’s the Bababing Noah Highchair and we liked it because it grows with baby and turns into a chair that even adults can use, the tray top is removable so we can push baby right up to the dining table to join us and it looks pretty good in our dining room! On the downside, the padded seat is cream, albeit wipeable. What on earth? Who designs a highchair with a cream seat? But I figure we don’t have to use it or maybe I can get it recovered in something a bit more practical. Also the highchair doesn’t fold but that’s ok as it fits in under the table and will be a permanent fixture for some time. The tray does seem a little small but I’ve bought this clear pvc mat to sit the highchair on to catch the inevitable mess.
Baby ILG is fast approaching 6 months, which is the recommended age to start weaning according the NHS. At this age babies often show readiness through a number of developmental changes that are linked to unseen developments in their digestive system ensuring they are able to start properly digesting solids. These changes include the production of various enzymes essential for digestion which until now have been absent. It’s often easier to look out for these signs:
1. They can stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady.
2. They can co-ordinate their eyes, hands and mouth so that they can look at the food, pick it up and put it in their mouth, all by themselves.
3. They can swallow food. Babies who are not ready will push their food back out, so they get more round their face than they do in their mouths.
Solids shouldn’t be introduced before 4 months simply because the complex system of digestion (and trust me there is a lot going on in there – I sat through a whole term of lectures just on digestion!) isn’t actually developed properly before 4 months. It can also lead to excessive weight gain, increased risk of infection and increased risk of allergies. Obviously if you have any concerns about timing you should consult with your GP or Health Visitor.
Also whilst we were away I took the opportunity to go back over some of the pros and cons of both baby led weaning (finger foods) v. purée but more on that in a later post…..
I’d love to hear what you all looked for when buying a highchair, or did you go for the lap/bumbo approach?