Booster seats (for eating) with no straps

My 3 year old daughter (who is tall & thin) just had a terrible slip & fall today while she was sitting on a booster seat, at Chuck E Cheese. It's one of those booster seats you'll find at virtually restaurant and fast food place: It can't be strapped to the chair nor is there a way to strap your child into it. My daughter is too big for a "high chair." And too small to sit on the chairs or benches that Chuck E Cheese offers. And to top that, those benches are very slippery. She hit her face when she fell.

Why do I feel alone, like the only parent who's had this problem? (I've noticed several views to this post already with absolutely no replies yet )

Last edited by Paula; 02-18-2010 at 08:45 PM.
Both of my kids refuse to use them, so I don't really have any advice.

I just let them sit up on their knees if they can't reach the table sitting on their bottoms.
If you got nothing to bring to the table - don't even bother sitting down.
Both of my kids refuse to use them, so I don't really have any advice.

I just let them sit up on their knees if they can't reach the table sitting on their bottoms.
Originally Posted by Jenny C
Mine too.
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I do the same as Jenny C. Those boosters seem so unsafe to me, so I just make my daughter sit up on her knees. She's actually tall enough to sit at a lot of tables on her bottom, but I know some of those booths can be really high for a little one.
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Maybe you had more views than responses because ppl thought you were referring to car seats. Which I did.

I dunno, I agree that those boosters aren't the safest, but I guess ppl expect kids to be sitting calm and still at the table.

Obviously anyone who has had a 3 year old knows this isn't going to happen. But I'd probably do the "See, this is why we sit still and don't play around while we're at the table!"

Usually accidents like that happen after I've scolded the kid a couple of times to sit down and stop jumping around, so by the time they fell, well, hopefully lesson learned.
Yea, I know that kids eventually have to learn to sit still. The thing is that she barely moved when she slipped...she wasn't even playing around.
Yea, I know that kids eventually have to learn to sit still. The thing is that she barely moved when she slipped...she wasn't even playing around.
Originally Posted by Paula


I think I usually just put them in the highchair if we're out and they need to be higher up. Usually by 3 they're so unruly that I stuff them in the corner of a booth and hope they at least stay quiet. My little one will be 3 in May, and she was in a booster tonight. When I was putting it on the chair, I was thinking how it was sliding around a little bit.

I'd just consider it a mishap. I'm sorry, though, and I hope she's okay - I'm sure she is, kids recover well. Since she's a little slippery one, maybe opt for the highchair next time?
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I'd just consider it a mishap. I'm sorry, though, and I hope she's okay - I'm sure she is, kids recover well. Since she's a little slippery one, maybe opt for the highchair next time?
Originally Posted by Paula
Thanks, and yes...she's ok. She didn't cry at the time. It just looked bad.
I would love to put her in the high chair, but her legs are too long. And yet she's too short for the table. So I'm thinking I can bring along our own booster seat that does have straps and just strap it to a chair. The only worry I would have with that is if she tries to push back in the chair. At home I used to put the chair with her booster seat against the wall to prevent such an accident. Truthfully though, lately she hasn't used her booster seat at home at all, and we haven't eaten around the table together for over 2 months (she just sits on the floor in front of the TV to eat). She doesn't even want to use her booster chair at home anymore, so I hope that wouldn't be the case when we're out in public next time. Anyway, maybe she's still a little too young for Chuck E Cheese right now....
p.s...just edited the title of this post so hopefully it's clearer (that I don't mean booster seats for cars...)
Poor bunny. I can picture it happening...it's the contour of those hard booth benches that made the seat unstable, and I agree with you that CEC didn't provide a safe environment. Definitely call it to the manager's attention.

As I recall, I didn't use the boosters much...only at better restaurants with flat or upholstered seats. At fast food or junk restaurants, I just let them sit on their knees.
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I'd just consider it a mishap. I'm sorry, though, and I hope she's okay - I'm sure she is, kids recover well. Since she's a little slippery one, maybe opt for the highchair next time?
Originally Posted by Paula
Thanks, and yes...she's ok. She didn't cry at the time. It just looked bad.
I would love to put her in the high chair, but her legs are too long. And yet she's too short for the table. So I'm thinking I can bring along our own booster seat that does have straps and just strap it to a chair. The only worry I would have with that is if she tries to push back in the chair. At home I used to put the chair with her booster seat against the wall to prevent such an accident. Truthfully though, lately she hasn't used her booster seat at home at all, and we haven't eaten around the table together for over 2 months (she just sits on the floor in front of the TV to eat). She doesn't even want to use her booster chair at home anymore, so I hope that wouldn't be the case when we're out in public next time. Anyway, maybe she's still a little too young for Chuck E Cheese right now....
Originally Posted by iroc


Ya, nothing like the feeling of the whole restaurant looking at the mom who's kid just fell off their seat!

At my house I'm lucky if I can get my 3 year old to sit at the table for 5 minutes before she's riding her tricycle around the kitchen table. And no, there's no booster at home. I gave up and put it in the garage.
Yeah, I don't get those things. They're not stable AT ALL. At one restaurant we go to, they're always running out of highchairs and offer those plastic boosters to us. Uhh, no thanks! With my manic adrenaline junkie, that's just an accident waiting to happen.

Sorry your little one got hurt.
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Wanted to say thanks to all of you who replied for your sympathies. She is doing better today, and has pretty much forgotten it happened. I just wish now I could find a way to take some action to have those things banned altogether.
We were just at CEC this past Friday with my 3 year old DS, and my friend's 4 and 2 year old. None of them used boosters. They just sat on their bums or on their knees.

It sounds like the incident scared you more than it scared her. For as often as you probably go to CEC (read: not often), it is probably not worth buying a seperate booster seat... Perhaps bring along an old tea towel to put under the booster seat the next time you are at CEC.
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We were just at CEC this past Friday with my 3 year old DS, and my friend's 4 and 2 year old. None of them used boosters. They just sat on their bums or on their knees.

It sounds like the incident scared you more than it scared her. For as often as you probably go to CEC (read: not often), it is probably not worth buying a seperate booster seat... Perhaps bring along an old tea towel to put under the booster seat the next time you are at CEC.
Originally Posted by curly_keltie
Thanks, that's an idea in case she refuses to use her own booster seat (I wouldn't have to buy one...we already have one at home that straps to a chair). Maybe your idea is better though since I'm afraid she'll try to push backward in the chair and she won't have the protection of a wall behind her like at home....

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