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Juju is so smitten with this weaning Table!

What’s a weaning table?

A weaning table and chair fosters your little one’s independence, self-confidence, and competency. The table and chair are purposefully made for your baby’s size and honor their dignity by meeting them right where they are.

While the high chair allows your little one to participate in family meals, it is too large for them to climb in and out of on their own. They have to be lifted in and out of it, and can’t participate in setting their place or cleaning up after themselves. It’s not designed with their needs or abilities in mind. By giving your little one a place to eat that suits their size and capability, you give them a sense of ownership over their own life.

This chair was passed down to Juju from his Grandumi and had been used by many of his older cousins. It was a family right of passage almost. Juju is taking good care of it and we have some snacks on it but usually don’t actually use it for eating. We do use it to focus on Montessori activities and toys or arts and crafts.

Basically we use this any time we want him to focus on just one thing. 

Right now, climbing up on the chair and being able to  move the chair on his own is very gratifying. Most of the table time is spent sitting, getting back up to adjust the chair and then sitting again. I am not exactly sure what developmental dots he is connecting by doing this, but the proud look on his face proves he certainly IS doing some act of self-care. 

How old was your child when you added a small table and chair or desk to their play area? Drop me a comment and tell me all about how its done around your home! 

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12 Comments

  1. Nadine June 26, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Oh wow never thought about this. A designated place to focus. This would be so helpful to my little one who has a hard time focusing. This post was very helpful not to mention the table and chair are soo cute.

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    1. admin - Site Author June 26, 2020 at 9:14 pm

      Thank you! The table and chair are from Ikea!

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  2. Jasmine June 30, 2020 at 12:29 am

    My daughter has an unofficial form of this. She has her own little eating table and chair that she can move around our small apartment. I never noticed how independent she’s become until this post made me think deeper into it. Thank you for this insight!

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    1. admin - Site Author June 30, 2020 at 2:37 am

      Thank you! Using their table and chairs makes them so proud. I love to see the glow!

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  3. Jessica June 30, 2020 at 2:17 am

    I can’t remember his exact age but I did have a little Mickey Mouse table and chair for him to color with. We also had one of the little couches for him in the living room.

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    1. admin - Site Author June 30, 2020 at 2:37 am

      I have to get him a couch. He had a chair that he is growing out of and I was looking at the small couches!

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  4. Hawa June 30, 2020 at 2:30 am

    Dang where your family get this chair? I wanna get one for my nephew. I bet they don’t even know since is was passed down lol

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    1. admin - Site Author July 4, 2020 at 2:08 am

      This chair is from Ikea!

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  5. Nicole Belvedere June 30, 2020 at 2:33 am

    I think my daughter was about 2 years old when we gave her a Tinkerbell table & chair set. It allowed her to play on her own terms. She would even set her dolls and stuffed animals up around it.

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  6. Jerrika Janae June 30, 2020 at 10:31 am

    He’s such a cutie! He looks so proud of his big boy chair 😍

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    1. admin - Site Author June 30, 2020 at 10:42 am

      Thank you! And he is so proud of it!

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  7. Charnel July 1, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    This is such a smart idea! My daughter loves to learn and sometimes has so much energy that she can’t focus on one thing. This would definitely be a great thing to try!

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