Sarah - posted on 04/08/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )
So I realise that by this age our littilies are naturally bundles of energy and love to explore the world around them and that pushing the boundaries is all part of that. That's a given with toddlers, right?!
Anyway, for the past - I don't know - 3-4 months, my darling 16 m/o has found great pleasure in throwing food out of her highchair and onto the floor. Usually it's when she's had enough to eat or she's just not hungry, or if I take too long to remove her plate of unwanted food and clean her up so she can get back to playing.
I have tried EVERYTHING I can possibly think of to teach her that throwing food is not ok - I've explained to her that we do not throw food on the floor, that food stays on the plate. Sometimes if I can see she's getting ready to launch a food attack on the floor, I will tell her to put the food back on her plate and she does. Other times though she just ignores me and food gets flung in all directions.
I have tried asking, telling, pleading, ignoring, removing her food and water (because inevitably she'll tip her water upside down over herself and the highchair as soon as I remove the food), and in moments of complete and utter frustration, I have raised my voice. The other night I even turned her highchair around to face the corner of the room for the rest of dinnertime while I finished my meal, after removing food and water first.
Nothing works. It just does not seem to sink in. I have tried other peoples' suggestions and have read other's ideas elsewhere on the website (can't remember which community though), but it's getting a little discouraging when I hear how other mum's succeed in stopping their kids from throwing food and here I am, having repeated myself over and over like a broken record for the past 3-4 months (or could be longer - it sure seems like sometimes!) and my toddler STILL delights in chucking food everywhere.
Please tell me I do not have the ONLY 16 month old who will not stop throwing food?!!!!!