This summer my husband and I realized our kids couldn’t sit at the table for mealtimes (in their adult-sized chairs with their feet dangling) for more than about three minutes. We tried bribing with dessert. We tried making their favorite foods. We tried having funny dinner-table conversations. Then we tried kid-friendly seating. Now they can sit for an entire meal!
For our normal height kitchen table, we found junior chairs.
They are high stools with backs that have a bar for little feet to rest on. We went with these over booster seats because their legs no longer have to dangle.
The most important factor, recently reinforced by my brother-in-law who is in school for occupational therapy, is that now their elbows can bend with their arms at right angles to their bodies when they reach for their food.
It’s funny how we don’t think of these little details. Seriously, how uncomfortable would we adults be if we had to reach for our food at chin-level?
We also use a kid table in our living room for lots of other activities. Everybody has kid tables, but I know I often forget to suggest that my kids sit there. But when their arms and feet are at the right height, the activities are just that much more fun!
Even if you don’t want to make extra purchases, you can stack pillows or books on a chair to make it the right height for your child.
We think using kid-friendly chairs has made a big difference in our kids’ attention span because of the freedom and comfort it gives them. So if your kids are squirmy and quick to run away at mealtimes…make sure their chairs are kid-friendly!