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How to choose the best high chair?

How to choose the best high chair?

 

A high chair isn’t absolutely necessary when introducing complementary foods to babies but it can certainly be practical. I decided to ask Catherine Cusson, an occupational therapist to help guide us.

 

What are the top 3 criteria to look for when shopping for a high chair?

 

1) The high chair must place baby in a 90 degree angle in between his/her back and hips

 

Therefore we want to avoid all high chairs that slightly recline backwards like this one:

 

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A high chair with foot support is much more comfortable for babies and ensures a better position. We love the Trip Trap chair by Stokke which can be used from starting solids all the way throughout childhood.

 

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2) It must have good back support

 

We want to choose a high chair with a seatback that’s higher than the top of the baby’s head. We want to avoid choosing booster seats like this one with a low seatback:

 

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3) It must allow baby to have a 90 degree angle for his/her forearms

 

This way, your baby will have easier access to his/her foods on the tray. We want to avoid choosing high chairs with a tray that’s too high like this one:

 

 

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Our favourite high chair is The Trip Trap chair by Stokke.

 

Why we love it:

 

  • 90 angle in between your baby’s back and hips
  • Great back support with a high enough seatback
  • 90 angle for your baby’s forearms so easy access to food
  • Removable tray so you can bring your baby directly at the table to eat
  • Made in wood so easy to clean
  • It’s beautiful and available in a large variety of colors
  • Great for babies just starting out to eat until they are much older
  • Excellent foot support so ensures an optimal position and is comfortable for your baby

 

What’s the drawback?

 

  • It’s expensive at around 329$ without accessories

 

If you want to buy this chair, feel free to use the following link: The Trip Trap chair by Stokke.

What high chair do you have? Is your baby in the right position?

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Why is BLW not for all babies?

Why is BLW not for all babies?  

 

To add to the information about BLW (Baby Led Weaning: what is it?) I share online, I decided to ask this question to Catherine Cusson, occupational therapist specializing in pediatrics from Clinique Pas à Pas. She is the newest collaborator to my BLW Network.

 

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Jessica Coll, registered dietitian: Welcome Catherine!

 

Catherine Cusson, occupational therapist: Thank you for having me!

 

Jessica Coll, registered dietitian: I often get the following question: Is Baby Led Weaning (BLW) appropriate for all babies?

 

Catherine Cusson, occupational therapist: The short answer is NO, it’s not appropriate for all babies. We know that we only recommend starting BLW around the age of 6 months, when your baby can maintain a sitting position on the floor and can bring food to his/her mouth. In order to proceed with BLW as an approach to introducing solids, your baby needs to have good motor and sensory development. Therefore, if there is a development delay or a particular condition, I recommend asking your doctor, occupational therapist or physical therapist beforehand.

 

Jessica Coll, registered dietitian: So what kinds of conditions prevent babies from starting BLW at around 6 months old?

 

Catherine Cusson, occupational therapist: Here is a list of conditions that might prevent babies from doing BLW at around 6 months of age:

 

  • Babies born at 36 weeks of gestation or less
  • Babies with developmental delays
  • Hypotonic babies (How do you recognize this? Your baby would constantly have his/her mouth open, stick his/her tongue out and would not be able to control his/her saliva)
  • Babies diagnosed with a genetic syndrome
  • Babies with a cleft lip or a tongue tie

 

Jessica Coll, registered dietitian: Why is it important for babies to maintain a sitting position before starting BLW?

 

Catherine Cusson, occupational therapist: The sitting position is necessary before starting solids for two reasons:

 

  • First, a good sitting position allows your baby to spit out a food after a gag reflex. This helps to prevent choking.
  • Also, the trunk stability is necessary for the development of your baby’s chewing skills.

 

Jessica Coll, registered dietitian: That’s great information. Thank you Catherine!

 

To find out more about Catherine Cusson and her services, feel free to visit her website.

 

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Simple burgers for babies (3 ingredients only!)

Simple burgers for babies

 

I’m so excited to share my simple burgers for babies recipe with you. 3 ingredients and that’s it.

 

Ingredient #1: ground veal (you can also use beef).

 

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Ingredient #2: an apple.

 

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Ingredient #3:  onion.

 

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After that, I washed the apple and then grated it.

 

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After, I chopped up the onion. I incorporated all the ingredients to a large bowl and combined.

 

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Then, I shaped the mixture into perfect mini burgers using Ricardo’s burger press.  It makes these tight burgers that really stick together.

 

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Then, I placed the simple burgers for babies on a lined baking sheet. Afterwards, I cooked them in the oven for 20 minutes at 400F and voilà!  We served them two ways: some preferred them with homemade mayonnaise and a pickle and some preferred sharp cheddar only. It would have been good with a slice of avocado on top as well.  Sides were steamed green beans and a kale salad. Raw leafy green aren’t appropriate for babies since they can stick to their palate so you can offer the simple burgers and green beans to your baby.

 

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Here is 6-month old baby E absolutely devouring the simple burgers for babies.

 

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Not bad for a 6-month old, right?

 

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Simple burgers for babies

 

Ingredients

 

1 lb (450 g) ground veal or ground beef

1 apple, grated

½ cup onion, diced (½ small onion)

½ tbsp dried sage (optional)

½ tbsp pepper (optional)

 

Preparation

 

Preheat oven to 400F.  Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix to combine.  Then form mini burgers about ⅓ the size of adult burgers, approximately 4 cm in diameter (1.5 in) by 2 cm (¾ in) in height. I used Ricardo’s burger press but it’s not necessary.  After that, place on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes.  Finally, let cool and offer to your baby.  Makes 14 simple burgers for babies.

 

What did YOU serve these simple burgers for babies with?