My 15 month old throws food.

Melissa - posted on 04/08/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




My 15 month old son has been throwing food and cups off his highchair ever since he was 6 months old. When does it stop? Any suggestions? Ive tried ignoring it and not picking up anything for him. Now it seems like more of his food is on the floor than in his stomach!


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My almost 18 month old has been doing this for awhile.  First thing I did was to not put as much on his tray.  Maybe 10 pieces or less at one time.  When there is too much food on the tray, he will eat some and throw some.  I used to get so frustrated because I was sweeping my floor like 5 times a day!  I used to threaten that "One day Mommy's gonna get you your own broom!"  One day in Target, in the lawn and garden department, I saw a section for kids.  Girls have pink girly stuff and boys have green and blue stuff.  Everything from garden gloves to rakes and sunglasses and...yes....a broom.  I got the one that has a cow face at the bottom.  Low and behold, he loves to help me clean my floors after he eats LOL!  It's part of our routine.  Can't start good habits too young, I if I can just get him to stop dumping his toybox...... 


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Snow - posted on 06/21/2016




It's a normal stage, but it still needs to be dealt with. This is what worked for my daughter; it worked quickly, in about a week or so, but I started as soon as she started with solids (5 months old). As soon as she would throw even a single piece of food (and I don't mean accidental droppage - this only happened if it was intentional), she got a firm "no", a look of disapproval, and immediately lost all of the food she was given. I would clean her up after every one else was done eating and then she was allowed to get down so that she understood that she didn't get to go play if she threw her food and had it taken away. After a week, she rarely threw any food and after a month never threw another piece of food again. When I did have to take her food away, I would wrap it up and put it in the fridge. After 30-45 minutes I would put her back in her chair to try again. If she threw food again, I would repeat what I did above until the next meal or bedtime, at which point, I would throw it out. Ignoring the behaviour will work eventually, but unless u enjoy cleaning the food off the floor several times a day and r prepared to do so for months and months, then it's probably not a great method for u. As with any undesirable behaviour, the sooner u deal with it, the easier and faster it will be to correct it. Also keep in mind that for this method to work, the food needs to be taken away immediately EVERY single time the behaviour recurs; whether u r at home, a friend's, in-laws, a restaurant, etc.

User - posted on 04/11/2009




my 15 month old little girl throws food out of the high chair then throws the plate.just ignore the behaviour it will stop eventually i had it with my other 2 children i think they do it to get a reaction out of us.but i just clean the food up and dont say anything.good luck.

Kim - posted on 04/11/2009




My son is about to turn 2 in a couple of days and he throws food still. I do pretty much what everybody else said as soon as he starts throwing it I take it away. I will then leave the tray on the high chair and lower it so if he wants more he can come back and get it still if he is still hungry. That way I make sure he still eats.  I tried the plate thing but it doesn't work for me. He will dump everything off the plate and throw it, but maybe it will work for you. Good luck.

Stephanie - posted on 04/10/2009




I was having the same problem, and a few days ago I did the same as Shannon suggested - I gave him his plate and fork to handle on his own and it has seemed to be the answer! He LOVES having control of his own meal and now more food ends up inside. He does still throw some on the floor when he's done, but I'm quick to take EVERYTHING away at that point and he doesn't get upset. It sure is frustrating though?!

Shannon - posted on 04/10/2009




I had the same problem with my son.  A few weeks ago I decided to try giving him his food on a divided plate instead of directly on the high chair tray.  As strange as it seems, this actually worked for him.  All I can figure is that he sees us eating from a plate, so he knows that what's on the plate is supposed to go in his mouth and not onto the floor.  He still throws the cup sometimes, but after 2 throws/drops, we assume he's finished with it and take it away. We've discovered that our son is watching our behavior a lot more than we ever noticed. Give the plate a try.  Target has some cute and colorful divided ones that are plastic or melamine, w/cups and bowls that match...they sell them in the area with the dishes. Good luck!

Gabrielle - posted on 04/08/2009




I read a book that said once that when a kid starts throwing food, he's done. So, not only don't give things back, but take everything else away, too. He'll learn before he starves.

Erika - posted on 04/08/2009




I'm havng the same problem with my 18 month old, sinse he was about a year old. I try to take the food away as soon as he starts throwing it and I make him stay in his high chair while I clean up, sometimes I put him in the corner, still in the chair b/c he doesn't get timeout yet but knows his brother goes there when he's in trouble, that way I think he at least understands that this is not acceptable. and with anything else with toddlers just repeat repeat repeat the same thing till he gets it. I'm hoping this works:)

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