How can I get my 18 month old to stop throwing her food?

Candyce - posted on 10/25/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 18 months old. For the last month or so whenever she is done eating she just picks up her plate (or sippy) and throws it. I can't figure out how to make her stop. I have tried sitting by her and just watching when she grabs the plate and then take it from her and I've tried putting her in timeout after she throws it too. But nothing is working. This is becoming a very bad habit and is so messy. Help!

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Ashley - posted on 11/08/2009

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When Alex starts throwing his food we just take hit plate away and move take him away from the table. We will give him one more chance not to throw it and eat and if he does it again then we put him in the living room and tell him he can't throw food. It's hard to teach him when the other kids around him are doing it and then when he does it at my gradnparents house and i put him down from the table my grandparents just keep giving him food so he doesn't learn anything. Just keep telling her not to do it and she will hopefully grow out of it soon.

Carolee - posted on 10/25/2009

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My son likes to help. I don't know if your daughter is a "helper" or not, but Corbin used to do that until we started asking him to put his dishes in the sink when he's done with them. Obviously, we don't have very nice plates, or I wouldn't do this. We started with paper plates, though, and he loves to help mommy and throw away his trash. Now, Corbin throws everything BUT food and dishes.

Brandi - posted on 10/25/2009

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my son does the same thing. my daughter did the same thing. they outgrow it. My way to alleviate some of the mess, is that as soon as i notice my son pushing stuff off his plate (and is obviously done eating) i take his plate away and make him sit at the table until everyone else is done. He then can learn that throwing food or playing with it is unacceptable. If he cries or whines i give him ONE more chance and return his plate to him again. IF he starts to push the food off or throw it on the floor or feed the dog, it gets taken away FOR GOOD until the next meal. he has become slightly less messy (keeping the food mostly on the table at least). Just wait it out. Just a phase.

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