We've gone to a few restaurants and used the wooden highchairs turned upside down to hold the infant carseat/carrier.  It's always made me nervous since the bottom (the top sitting on the floor) is smaller than the top (the true bottom turned upward to hold the carseat) but you see everyone doing it that way, right?  I ask for a booth when possible so we can slide the seat in and it's secure.

Well last week my fear was realized.  We were eating dinner and JJ was in his carseat on the upside down highchair NOT STRAPED IN (my fault but he was cranky and in and out of the seat so I didn't strap him the last time I set him in the seat.  The waiter was standing next to his chair/the highchair and out of the corner of my eye I see the whole thing moving!  The waiter had leaned into the highchair/carseat and it was TIPPING OVER!!!!  My God my heart stopped!  I felt like the worst mother for putting my child in danger!  Thank God again that I saw it otherwise he surely would have tipped the highchair over and JJ would have landed on the floor!  The waiter didn't even notice he was doing it!  I screamed and grabbed the seat to stabilize it and the waiter said "oh I didn't see him there!"  WTF???  What if I had been in the restroom or didn't see it out of the corner of my eye?  OMG!

Needless to say, we will NOT be using an upside down highchair EVER AGAIN!  I also recommend that no one else use this method either! 

BTW - This is what I am referring to:

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 4:12 PM

I do use that sometimes, but always check and make sure it's sturdy first. I've noticed that some are different than others. Also, a lot of restaurants now have slings to put the baby carrier in. They are like little hammocks that just open up like a restaurant tray holder and you can strap the seat to it. VERY handy! Next time you're out, see if they have one. My daugher just uses a regular high chair to sit in now though.

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 4:55 PM

OMG!! How scary that must have been!!!

hmmm... what restaurant did you go to??  I was told almost 3 years ago when I worked at Red Lobster that it was against the rules to do that anymore because of liability issues. Since then, every restaurant that I've been to have had the slings which are A LOT more sturdy. Next time you go into that restaurant, ask if they have the slings and if they say no, then ask for the manager and tell them what happened last time... and I'm sure they'll get the slings asap.. lol

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Good point!  I usually make them give me a LARGE booth....HA!  2 carseats, 2 kids nad 2 adults!  Needless to say...we don't go out much!  LOL

I'm so glad that JJ is ok and that you caught him before he fell!!

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 5:10 PM Thanks for the tip..I will have to keep that in mind when the time comes!!

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 5:13 PM

That is so scary most of the ones I have been to had the sling things and if not I get a chair and put her on there I have always seen people do it but when I tried it looked like she was going to fall so I didnt

Good thing you caught him!

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 5:32 PM I'm sorry to hear that Laurie, I'm glad that JJ wasn't hurt!!! You should call the restaurant and let them know what happen so they can make the much needed changes!!!

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Jun. 3, 2008 at 6:19 PM I agree... 2 weeks ago a waitress dropped a knife on ava thank god it landed on the blanket by her feet.. the waitress was like oh you dont need that yet... i nearly lost it

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Jul. 7, 2008 at 11:39 AM

i work in a restaurant & I HATE when people do that! I'm trying to get them to order the highchairs that the seat fips to hold the infant carrier. (Friendly's has them... they're pretty cool!)

You definately have Mommy Eyes!

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