My daughter keeps dropping things, what should I do?

Kayla - posted on 12/10/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I need help. My daughter is 1 year old and she lately has been taking her toys and just dropping them. [I know this sounds stupid] She does this all the time. In her crib she will throw her teddy bear and other toy out of the crib. I watched her pick up her blanket and think about it and then put it back in her crib. Like she knows she wants to keep the blanket to sleep with. In her play room she constantly picks up a toy and drops it on the floor, when we go to the store, we usually bring her a toy, she will throw it out on the floor. In the car she will throw them every where. I'd really like her to stop. She has actually broken 3 of them from dropping them so much. I also feel like she might be to young to teach her to stop throwing her toys. Is she to little? What should I do? Or am I not giving her enough attention? I am a stay at home mom and with her all the time though. She has been doing this for about 3 weeks.

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Lacye - posted on 12/10/2012

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Denikka and Little Miss are right. Your daughter is teaching you how to play fetch. :D All kids go through this. It's a pain in the butt for sure, but once you stop picking it up for her and letting her do it herself, then you will see a major change. It will take a while and there might be a few tantrums, but unless you want to keep on going with it, you better break the habit.

Denikka - posted on 12/10/2012

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Totally agree with Little Miss. She's..well..basically playing fetch with you XD She drops/throws it, you go get it and give it back to her :P



What I do with my kids is to give them a couple chances. If they drop something, I will pick it up and give it back saying *don't throw*. If they do it again, I say *If you throw this again, it's gone*. If they throw it again, I pick it up and put it away (if it's in a vehicle or where I can't grab it, I leave it, then put it away when it's safe to do so)



I also agree with Little Miss about teaching her which toys it is okay to throw. Soft balls or blocks. It helps with hand eye coordination and it's lots of fun :)

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/10/2012

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Just don't pick it up. Have it be a cause and effect for HER to get. It is a game for her. It is not necessarily a bad thing. Try doing it with a ball. That way she learns what toys to throw.

Kayla - posted on 12/10/2012

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She is throwing toys. And if it's cause and effect, then shouldn't I teach her no?

~♥Little Miss - posted on 12/10/2012

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She is learning cause and effect. She throws something, you pick it up. Just keep things out of reach that you don't want her to throw. This is completely normal behavior by the way. They all go through it.

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