Has anyones 16 month olds personality completely changed?

Tammy - posted on 06/22/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My little boy used to be so placid, eat pretty much anything he was what people used to say a golden child to being the total opposite. He is smacking my hand out of the way when i try to feed him, if i give him they spoon to feed himself he just throws it on the floor, he constantly wants to be picked up and if i cant pick him up he starts screaming and so on. i just wanted to know if anyone else is having the same problem and what i can do about it??

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Andrea - posted on 06/25/2010

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To read what you say at the top Has anyone's 16 month old personality completely changed ? Your child's personality will keep changing over and over again it completely normal. I sure this is just a phase and before you know it he will be eating and not wanting you to pick him up.

Robyn - posted on 06/23/2010

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Just a thought ....... maybe you can try if he drops the spoon once you pick it up but after that you don't. You can decide either to ignore the tantrum that will come or just remove all the food and get him out of the high chair and try again in 5 mins. Just remember your the one in charge :0)

Robyn - posted on 06/23/2010

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This is actually a positive sign in his natural development. He is developing his individuality and understanding of being independent person. This is what the food behaviour is about. I would just give him finger food or allow him to eat with his fingers. Continue to offer cutlery so it is available when he does decide he wants it. Now is the time to decide on your strategies for dealing with behaviour you find unacceptable. Then fight those battles. Children respond best, even at this age, to consequences. He will still have times when he wants to be your baby again when being the independent big guy gets too much.

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yes, both of my kids started off eating pretty much what I put in front of them, eventually got picky on what they would eat. As far as the throwing the spoon on the floor, that might be a sign that he is either not hungry, or a behavioral issue. When my daughter started doing that, I would say, "oh, ok, guess you are not hungry then" I would pick up the utensil, take the food, and take them away, if he speaks, have him say please to get it back or somethign close, anything that shows you he is good. If you give it too him again, and same thing happens, I would take him down, and assume he is not hungry, if he goes without a meal, will not hurt him at all. But will prove to him you mean business and that when he sits down to eat, that is what he needs to do, otherwise, he will get hungry. Trial and error, my kids picked up on that and would eat the next time. As for the always wanting to be held, I think that is the age thing. LOL. My son is almost 20 months, but has gone through that off and on now for awhile. Getting him to help you do your chores, whatever you are doing at the time, let him start to help you. My son has been unloading his untensils from the dishwasher for a few months now, and putting them away, he is now to the point where he is putting away bowls and lids, obviously nothing glass. If I am washing the table, I do it first, but then let him have a turn. Starting to put clothes in the hamper to be washed, and throwing his own diaper away, of course following him to make sure he does it. these are the things that have helped with my son wanting to be held all the time, still does at times, but it will still help you get your things done, and will make him feel like he is a part of what you are doing, and is having some mommy time all at the same time. Hope this helps.

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