TJ does not sit in a high chair and he feeds himself. However, he loved playing pretend to eat with mummy so that we could give you some tips for feeding your baby without stressing your core/hurting your back.
Once your child begins weaning they can spend a lot of time in their high chair. Meal times can be long and I remember it feeling like as soon as one meal was done they were back in there snacking….eat, poop, sleep, repeat right?! It’s therefore important for your core healing and to minimise risk of back injury that you think about how you position yourself and your baby and how you get them in and out of their chair.
Here are a few points for you to think about:
🔹Don’t sit side by side at the table as shown in the right picture. This will cause you to have to twist every time you help them to feed or drink.
🔹Instead sit facing your baby so that you feed while maintaining a good posture throughout.
🔹 When lifting your baby/toddler into the chair remember prior to lifting to inhale and fill the belly, exhale and activate your TVA and lift the pelvic floor. Keep that activation while breathing normally as you lift.
🔹 Hinge at the waist to lift. Do not throw your hips/belly forward as this places extra stress on the linea alba. Keep your child close to you for as long as possible. Don’t lift from the side in a twisting motion. Stand square in front of the chair.