After two months straight of trying to get Poppy interested in solids, it took me leaving the province for her to get it.
We have been trying Poppy on purees since she was 6 months old, but each time the spoon hit her lips, she would tighten up and nothing would get in. We then attempted baby led weaning. This is when she solely eats finger food. That was somewhat working and even though not much was going into her mouth, we knew it was very good for her fine motor skills. So, I kept up my regular breastfeeding schedule in hopes that soon she would change her mind about food and become more like her brother was, begging for more.
While I was away in Ontario, my mother-in-law came to help Rob with the kids. He mentioned to her that Poppy didn’t like purees and that we thought it could be a texture thing so she suggested trying the rice cereal again but mixing it so that it is very thick almost like a porridge or dough. IT WORKED. Since then, we have been mixing our rice or oat cereal with her pureed vegetables and fruit, and a touch of milk. She easily eats a bowl full and is growing like a champ.
Now let me take a step back. As we were starting Poppy on solids, we changed Aubrey’s convertible highchair back into an infant chair. That only lasted maybe a week before we realized how much he missed his chair and that we needed one for Poppy. We wanted a convertible chair because after Aubrey, we knew they were worth the extra upfront cash. Nuna is such a great company that we decided to try their Zaaz high chair out.
Our initial thoughts were how much we loved the style of it, that it was easy to convert and easy to use. Once using it for a week we had our pros and cons but it is growing on us.
Before telling you all of the PROS of the Nuna Zaaz, I am going to let you know a few cons that we had to get used to.
Firs of all, after using it, I realized that it is basically the same idea of the ever so popular Ikea high chair. So many love the Ikea high chair so I can definitely see why this style works. But, having a petite baby and being used to a tray that we could slide up close to their chest, the Zaaz fell short. Once the tray has been fastened to the chair, it is pretty much there until you want to convert it. Because of this, they had to allow a large enough space in the seat to slide your child in and out. When Poppy is done up in the straps, she finds herself having to stretch for her food, which adds frustration to her eating. This means that we need to constantly be aware of where her food is located on her tray so that it is in arms reach.
Another Con, the seat texture, though pretty, is very hard to clean and I end up scrubbing the chair after each meal.
Now for the PROS.
The Zaaz is super easy to use. There is no finicking with Allen keys or screwdrivers when you need to convert it. That’s a huge plus.
Another pro is that the seat fabric, though hard to clean is thick and durable, allowing it to withstand everything a kid will literally and figuratively throw at it. Aubrey’s is already ready for a replacement.
Now that we are used to the stationary tray, though still not great for Poppy, it makes it one less step for us parents. You don’t have to worry about clearing or removing the tray before being able to get your child out.
The tray size is really generous which is great for housing many foods or toys to keep her busy. It is even large enough to fit an EZPZ placemat on it.
And finally, the weight and build of the chair is steady so the risk of tipping seams drastically reduced. This is a plus, especially once your child starts to have epic tantrums.
All in all, we are starting to really like our Nuna Zaaz, and would definitely recommend it as a BUY!
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