When our kids started eating solid food, we found the traditional high chair didn't work well. Our kids were too short--the tray hit right around their chin. Since we used 'baby-led weaning' or self feeding whole foods right away, instead of doing the puree/chunky/whole food route, we really needed a tray they could reach. Instead, we used the little chairs that fasten onto a big chair. It was a win-win all the way around: the kids could reach the food, it took up less space, and when Katie transitioned to the big table, it worked great as a booster chair.
We just made the same transition for Luke. I'm still somewhat in disbelief that he's big enough to do this, but he insisted he was ready to sit at the table without the tray. So far it's been fine, albeit slightly messier under the table. Here's the proof:
On the one hand, this is great. I have a few milestones in my head
that I hope Luke reaches before #3 arrives, and we're making fantastic
progress on them. We're definitely past the "first response to
everything is no" stage. He's already using sentences, and by the time
she arrives, I think he'll be able to express himself well. Some level
of self-sufficiency will make things a little easier when I need to
focus completely on our adopted daughter.
On the other hand, my baby is growing up!