Stop throwing food on the floor!!!!

Sarah - posted on 01/27/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 16 month old constantly throws his food, cups, bowls on the floor. I run a daycare from home and none of the other kids I care for do this. He thinks it's funny. I never laughed at him doing it. I have tried telling him to stop...I even yelled at him one time to see what he would do and he just laughs at me.
I tried taking the food away and feeding him but sometimes he only likes to feed himself, then he doesn't finish his food.
I'm sure it's just a phase...but he's been doing it for a few months.
Anyone have any suggestions??

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Angie - posted on 01/31/2011

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I have the same problem w/my 17 mo she does it everytime she is not hungry or when she's almost done. I usually don't mind it I have lil dogs that clean it up like a vac! lol But I have told her firmly NO & just take her out of her high chair & say all done! Maybe just try ignoring him & c what he does! I have & it usually works for me! Hope this helped!

Sarah - posted on 01/30/2011

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I will have to try and be more strict with him and start taking away his food every time he does it now. I need to be more consistent. I always end up feeling bad, especially if he just started eating, that he wouldn't finish his meal. But maybe he'll learn that if he throws his food away, he won't get it back and he'll think twice about doing it the next time.
Thanks for your advice.

Jess - posted on 01/30/2011

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My daughter has been doing this for a long time and nothing was working. It was driving me crazy ! And then I decided I would try making her pick up the food and now she thinks twice before anything goes on the floor ! Today she had a tantrum and threw her sandwich on the floor because she wanted my lunch. I told her that her sandwich would be waiting for her on the floor when she was ready to eat it nicely. After a few minutes I put her down from the table, asked her to pick up the sandwich which she did and eventually she ate it ! She makes the mess, she can help clean it up. Works a treat. The other day she threw all her dinner on the floor and I put her down from the table and told her she needed to pick it all up *I helped her of course*, but without a word of a lie she picked up the majority of it which was salad and sausages and then sat back in her chair and ate it nicely !

Kelly - posted on 01/29/2011

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If you find any suggestions let me know. My son does that same thing. He's getting better but he still does it. We tell him no no in a very stern voice. If he does it more than once we take whatever it is away from him and tell him he's all done. We usually take him out of his highchair also.

Heather - posted on 01/29/2011

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My daughter has been doing this for months and it drives me nuts. If I take away her plate, she still throws it on the floor or smears it all over her tray. So now, if she throws it on the floor I give her a stern 'no'. If she does it again or starts smearing anything, I take the food away. She crys and after a bit I offer it back. If she's hungry, she eats it and stops throwing it around. If she throws it around instead, mealtime is over.

Amanda - posted on 01/29/2011

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My son does the same thing! He had stopped throwing his food for a while, but now he's throwing EVERYTHING on the floor. I am thinking about trying to "revert" and just putting his food on his tray with no utensils or dishes and making him earn his dishes and utensils back. I don't know if it will work, but I'll keep you posted.

Kymberly - posted on 01/27/2011

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my daughter was doing the same thing for about a week and a half until we took the food away and removed her from her highchair. She learned quickly that food is for eating not throwing on the floor! They may be young but they are SMART! She tests my limits every day but I love her all the more for it. We as parents just have to set boundaries to keep them safe and happy (and to keep our sanity!) good luck Sarah and I'm sure he will grow out of it eventually! :D

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