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    Default If you have a highchair with no tray...

    We just bought a highchair with no tray (Minui Handisitt). I like the idea of the baby being at the table with my husband and I. I would like him sooner than later to just eat what we are eating for dinner.

    But now I am thinking, will this work? Especially with baby led solids? Did anyone do this with one of these kinds of chairs - did you just put food directly on the table? Have some sort of placemat? One of those plates with a suction cup on the bottom? I am pretty sure a plate or bowl will end up on the floor (accidentally or on purpose). Maybe I should just get a "regular" high chair to use until he doesn't need the tray anymore (12, 15 months)?
    DS October 2010
    0 days: 7lbs6oz, 20"
    4 days: 6lbs8oz
    2 months: 11lbs4oz, 22.75"
    4 months: 13lbs5oz, 25"
    6 months: 14lbs14oz, 26.5"
    9 months: 16lbs13oz, 27.75"

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    Default Re: If you have a highchair with no tray...

    With both LO we had them sitting at the table from the beginning. No highchair. No tray. We used a "clip on" chair.

    We used a placemat that suctioned to the table and had a scoop that caught some of the mess. Early on - food went directly onto the placemat. As baby got better at eating, gave him his own bowl / plate and spoon / fork. I found "toddler" forks to be silly and just use the small fork from our regular silverware.

    We used this one. There are probably other options.

    We put an old towel on the floor under baby that caught most of the big spills. Loose stuff can just shake into a trashcan, then throw the towel into the wash as needed.

    As LO got older and past most of the flinging stage, moved to using a regular placemat.
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
    Breastmilk Donor - http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk
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    Default Re: If you have a highchair with no tray...

    We used placemats..
    Allie
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    Mother to 4 crazy ones

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    Default Re: If you have a highchair with no tray...

    we get placemats that can go right in the dishwasher. Big enough so that it can go under the clip/screw part of the chair so LO doesn't decide to rip it and all of its contents onto the floor.

    I use a Phil and Teds screw on chair and we love it.
    Julia and Maxwell (and Dan and Haddie)
    Maxwell, born January 3, 2010
    A year on Mama's milk and still loving it

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    Default Re: If you have a highchair with no tray...

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*lsksam View Post
    We used this one. There are probably other options.
    We used those too after Lynns recommendation with DS1. Love them.


    ~Meg~
    Wife to Ray (09/07/07)and Mama to:
    Xander (01/19/07) nursed for 30 months
    Liam (12/12/09) still nursing through the night and in the mornings!
    Sebastian (7/29/12) my newest little nursling who graciously shares his milk with big brother!


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    Default Re: If you have a highchair with no tray...

    Thanks for the recs - I am going to get one of those placemats. You've made me feel better about putting the baby up at the table with us.
    DS October 2010
    0 days: 7lbs6oz, 20"
    4 days: 6lbs8oz
    2 months: 11lbs4oz, 22.75"
    4 months: 13lbs5oz, 25"
    6 months: 14lbs14oz, 26.5"
    9 months: 16lbs13oz, 27.75"

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