Marcy - posted on 04/19/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
My son is 14.5 months old. Sometimes he eats extremely well... and other times not. Lately I've been feeling so discouraged b/c he keeps throwing his food-- he'll purposefully drop his sippy cups to the ground. His high chair is a Tripp Trapp so he eats at the table, and he's been doing ok with a plate but then he starts lifting the plate up and dumping his food all over the table. Or he'll take pieces of food and drop them to the floor, again on purpose. Sometimes he does this when he seems bored, but a lot of the time he's still actively eating but will randomly do this stuff.
What I've been trying to do; when he drops his cup, it stays on the floor, no more cup for that meal/snack. When he flips his plate and dumps his food, I'll take the food away (which often results in him being whiny and hungry within the hour...).
But despite me doing these things consistently (at least most of the time), he doesn't seem to be "getting it" (or doesn't care and does it anyway). What do I do to get him to stop messing with his food? Or am I being unreasonable and just need to deal with it till he's older? If so, what do I do when he does these things, just ignore it? I feel so clueless right now.