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Montessori Weaning Table Update

I wrote a little bit about our Montessori weaning table here, but realized I hadn’t given an update in quite some time.

We have both a high chair and a little child sized table and chair for James, and we use both almost every day.

At first, we used his little table for all of his meals, but as we started eating meals as a family, James joined us at the big table for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  There is no way the three of us could comfortably sit at his little table together.

I use his little table pretty much every day though for his afternoon snack.  I love several things about this.

  1. He can participate in setting the table.  Right now, he just watches me get things from his kitchen drawer, but I’m sure he will be helping with this before long.  I love that he can see the whole process, from set up through clean up.
  2. He can get up when he’s done eating.  The rule is that the food stays at the table, but when he’s done, he can get up.  I think it’s a good experience for him to practice staying at the table until he’s done eating, by choice rather than because he’s strapped in.
  3. He can help clean up!  This may be my favorite thing about his weaning table.  If he spills something in the high chair, there’s no way he can help clean up the mess on the floor.  He may not even see the mess on the floor.  If he spills something in his little chair though, he can see the clean up process, and will sometimes help.  Last week, he spilled his bowl of Cheerios and helped me put them back in the bowl.  I’m not sure how much of this is his desire to help versus his love of putting things in containers, but I’ll take it 🙂

If I can ever make it to IKEA, I want to get another little table for his playroom.  Hopefully that will happen soon!

How do you do meal times and snack times for your kids?

What’s your favorite snack?

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6 thoughts on “Montessori Weaning Table Update”

  1. I love that place mat! Our coffee table kind of ended up being used as a child table. We have a couple of child sized chairs that I pull up to it and when it’s just the kids and I, we frequently eat there. When the hubs is home, we will usually all sit at the big table. We have been really practicing picking up after meals recently, I love that they are understanding how to clear the table/pick up after meals now.

    1. That’s such a great idea to use the coffee table! That’s awesome that they’re helping clean up – James rarely does at this point, but it makes me so happy when he does 🙂

  2. We just went for a highchair at the table to just sitting at the table. He also wants to use our utensils instead of his. He has always been a great eater and then it became a struggle until we realized he wanted to be more like us at the table. Still working on not using our hands all the time.

    1. That is so interesting! We’re working on practicing utensils too. My son uses the spoon well if I scoop the food onto it, but doesnt’ do it by himself yet. Hopefully soon!

  3. Love this! Benedict also still sits in a booster seat at the table, as I feel it is important for us to eat meals as a family, and then has the little table which he eats at with his brother for snacks, and I have definitely been trying to figure out how the weaning table fits in with family meals. Thank you for sharing your similiar experience as a Montessori family!

    1. Thank you! Exactly, I love the little table, but I really wanted to do family meals together and I’ve also found that my son eats much better when we’re all eating together. I’m trying to decide whether to keep his weaning table for snack time or move it into his playroom so he can work at a table if he wants to. Thanks for reading!

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