My child likes to throw his food! Any suggestions to stop this?!!

Amy - posted on 09/02/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son recently learned to throw food and thinks it's fun ... we've tried many different things to stop this ... any suggestions?

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KAREN - posted on 09/06/2009

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Hi, it's just a developmental stage, it will pass quite quickly. You may have noticed your child using different pitches in their voice as well..... loudly usually.... or throwing cups, beakers toys etc, Again, a developmental milestone. It may seem you have an ace pitcher on your hands, but its just a stage they go through. Say no, and explain calmly that food stays in the bowl. My son did this for about a week (he's 17 mnths) .... he no longer does this. Good luck!!xxxx

Anita - posted on 09/05/2009

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When mine first started throwing food, I would push her chair away from the table and tell her that she couldn't get down until I was finished cleaning it up (and I would go really slow so as to take enough time ... but not too much). She would scream and cry and ask to get down. Sometimes she laughed. Just hang in there. After a while, I would just push her chair away from the table and tell her she was excused and she would clean up when daddy and I finish eating, until then she had to sit there. We just had to ignore her screaming. When we would get down, I would get down on the floor with her and guide her in picking up her mess (not do it for her and it wouldn't be perfect, but she would pick up most of it). And if she decided that "no, I'm not picking it up" I would leave it and when she came to me later to ask for something else (play with me, I want water, I want a snack) I would say have you picked up your mess yet? She didn't get what she wanted until she had picked it up. After doing these a few times, she figured out how it was not fun to have to pick it up or sit 'pushed away from' the table to wait for others to finish. BUT, I also have to watch her. When I know that she is done, I go ahead and slide her plate back before she can start playing and throwing food. It's tricky, but you can do it. hang in there.

Sandy - posted on 09/05/2009

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Mandy does it for attention and giggles. The more we tell her not to do it, the more she giggles and goes for a baby Olympics record. We usually clear her tray and have her sit there with nothing for a minute until she starts signing for more or to get down. This too will pass. :)

Shirley - posted on 09/03/2009

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LOL...... My daughter does the same, don't worry. Not only that if I tell her " no don't do that" or "don't you dare throw that" she will look me dead in the eye and do it again. It is so naughty, so now when I see her holding her arm out with food in her hand, I say nothing and just take the food out of her hand and feed her the rest of the meal instead of letting her eat it on her own. The behaviour has slowed down abit and she is starting to do it less often. I'm sure they will grow out of it when it gets boring to them :)

Debbie - posted on 09/03/2009

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hi my daughter also does this she is the 4th of 5 children and they have all had a go at it at around the same age so i think its just a stage that all children go through try not to make such a big deal about it because if you do the child thinks its a game and will do it more.

hope this helps x

Mariquita - posted on 09/03/2009

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Sorry! It's just a stage. It will pass! My first two children did this, but it did eventually stop. Maybe don't show that it bothers you, and if he doesn't get attention for it, it may not be fun anymore.

Tiffany - posted on 09/03/2009

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Well I don't have any kind of suggestions for you, but just wanted to say that my son does the exact same thing!! So I'm right there with you!! If you find out any tips on this, please let me know! Right now, all that I do is when he begins to throw the food, I take his bowl away and he doesn't get anymore for awhile, I do this all day long. My son is a "grazer" he eats, then runs off, then comes back to eat more. He doesn't start to throw his food/or play with his food until he gets done eating what he wants to eat. Is your son this way or does he just throw the food without eating first?

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