Friday, December 21, 2012

Our table tantrums are over! CLOSED

I don't think I've ever lamented talked about the epic tantrums we've had trying to get Carina to the table for meals over the last few months. We retired the giant high chair at the end of the summer because she would go stiff as a board and scream bloody murder every time we tried to strap her in. Then we dug our trusty old table chair out of the closet and it was hit or miss; sometimes she would tolerate it, while other times you would think we were making her dine in a torture device. Lastly, we tried a booster seat with tray and unfortunately, that went just as well. Tray and food {and my sanity} strewn about the floor.

So when Baby Bjorn asked me if I'd like to try their new Booster Chair, I was completely honest with them. This was my response, verbatim: "We would love to try it, although I should warn you that my toddler is currently revolting against the booster we bought recently. That could either make us the perfect test subjects (maybe yours will do the trick!), or the worst (maybe she hates all boosters?)"

They were up for the challenge! Baby Bjorn was founded in 1961 with the simple goal of  making life easier for families with small children by developing safe and innovative products of the highest quality.

I was a bit nervous the first time we put Carina in the booster; I was sure an apocalyptic meltdown would ensue. I called it her "big girl seat" and told her that big girls love it. And? No screaming. No kicking. She actually SAT STILL AND ATE.

After she finished eating, I helped her down. And then she started whining, "big girl seat, big girl seat!" She already wanted to get back in it. The Booster Chair makes sitting down to eat meals no longer a struggle for us.
Perfect height!
 My favorite features of the Baby Bjorn Booster Chair:
  1. It's portable; it hooks on almost any chair and unhooks like a breeze. Bonus: it is only 2.6 lbs., so you can easily bring it anywhere. We're taking it with us when we leave {this afternoon!} for our holiday travels (we're heading up to Massachusetts, then Philadelphia until New Years').
  2. It's easy to clean; just wipe it with a damp paper towel or cloth.
  3. Tightening the seat onto a chair is as simple as pushing in the unique locking mechanism and turning it. You don't have to manually adjust the straps underneath the chair (I looked ridiculous trying to do this with our previous booster).
  4. Most importantly, it makes her happy. This is the 4th chair we have tried thus far and it's the only one with which she can sit at table height comfortably AND have her plate on the table. She truly feels like a big girl and a more integral part of the family meal when sitting in it.
A few more details:
  • It is made from recyclable plastic and does not contain any PVC or BPA, so it's 100% child and environmentally safe.
  • There is a unique locking mechanism which ensures that children cannot take the booster off of the chair.
  • Non slip straps and mini-pads hold the seat firmly in place.

Fits most chairs!
The one problem we're having is that sometimes, Carina won't stay seated since there is no strap. But if there were a strap, she would most definitely protest getting in the Booster Chair (like she did with the other seats we attempted). We're in the process of teaching her that we sit down at the table and we're crossing our fingers that it sticks soon. But honestly, we'll take her standing up a couple times over screaming through the duration of the meal any day ;)

You can purchase the Booster Chair and other Baby Bjorn products online or at a retailer near you.

Baby Bjorn is generously offering one of my readers their own Booster Chair!

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