My daughter has started throwing her food on the floor at meals!

Kara - posted on 04/09/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter has started throwing her food on the floor at meals! We tell her ""No"" sternly, but it doesn't seem to be working! She's too young to understand a "timeout", any suggestions on how to deal with this phase?

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Aleesha - posted on 04/09/2010

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say "ok i guess you're done." and put the remaining food away,and remove her from the situation she wont starve and when she is hungry she will eat it.

Jade - posted on 04/11/2010

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my daughter, who is now 20 months, went through a stage of throwing food every where and just making a mess. i got so sick of cleaning up the huge mess after every meal, and constantly having to argue with her and put her on time outs just got exhausting. so, i decided to let her be a kid, as she was just exploring the texture of the food and what it felt like to make a big mess, wich is what babies do. so i cleaned my bath tub really good, took of all her clothes (except her diaper) and put her in the tub with a big bowl of spaghetti and let her make the biggest mess that she possably could. SHE LOVED IT, and i let her do that for every meal for about a week. after a while she just lost interest in making messes and now she rarely throws food anymore.

Renae - posted on 04/10/2010

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I would suggest the same, (removing the food) and add you are lucky it is just starting; my Oct 08 baby has been throwing food for months! I would disagree that she is too young to have a timeout. We remove our dd from the table and sit with her for one minute explaining that it is not okay to throw food, food is for eating. She usually cries and throws her head back, but after a minute I pick her up, give her a hug and say "if you are ready to join the family for dinner you can go back to your seat" as I bring her back to the table. We have 6 kids under 11 so dinner is not a really formal time anyway... I treat her the same as the older kids, which also reinforces the rules for them. Kids thrive on consistency so whatever you chose make sure everyone does the same thing.

Sarah - posted on 04/09/2010

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I do the "no" sternly and then if it continues then they are done eating. It does take time, but they do learn that if they want to eat then they must not throw food on the floor. As Aleesha said if she is hungry she will eat it and not throw it on the floor. I also agree with saying "Ok, all done." This also helps with them learning to say "all done" when they are done and not throw it on the floor. It does take some time, but if you are consistant with taking the food away they do learn and it does stop.

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Rebecca - posted on 04/10/2010

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I do the same thing with my son, and I use the same process with toys that are thrown (and aren't balls) or used incorrectly. A warning, then the toy or the food gets a "time out" and is taken away. I will usually offer the food again after a little bit if I think he is hungry. Good luck!

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