Our toddler is showing less and less interest in sitting in his high chair so I went looking for a booster seat to use with our dining set. I started at Coo Chi Coo because I find the products good and the advice even better. Michelle (the owner) was there and she recommended this great product called a Kaboost. It is like high heeled shoes for your chairs. Plus it has two heights so you can choose a civilized 2 inch or a stilletto heel, so to speak. Unlike high heels however this thing is incredibly safe and won't make your feet hurt! This small, portable and versatile product is easy to use. It slips on to the feet of just about any chair or stool and gives your kid the boost they need to eat at the grown-up table. The feet keep the stool or chair from sliding and it really creates a stable seat.
Michelle pointed out to me that this product has a longer lifespan than an in-chair booster because your child won't grow out of it as quickly and it also, as she put it, "isn't another big piece of plastic" cluttering up your house. The downside for younger toddlers is that it goes on the feet of the chair and therefore has no harness or straps to keep your kid from falling or climbing off the chair. For littler kids you could use it in combination with some of the other kinds of booster seats and accessories. The only other thing we found is that it works great with the kitchen island, but for our dining set it raises the chair so high our toddler can't fit his legs under the table. Our table is a small make designed for an apartment size space and it has a sort of 'apron' beneath the table surface so I think this is really a problem with our table and not with the product. So we are keeping our Kaboost and it will be especially useful when we go to nana's for Sunday dinners.
The Kaboost is around $55 bucks and should last you 2-3 years at least depending on your child's size and height.
Now for the exciting part, Michelle has offered a Kaboost as a prize for this month's St. John's Toddler Contest. All you have to do to enter is become a blog Follower. See the left hand column for details on how to become a Follower. All Followers are automatically entered in the prize draws. Here's an awesome video about the Kaboost. The prize will be drawn on March 31st, 2010.