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Cast Your Vote:

    • Ignore it, don't show reaction -- Votes: 2
    • Take food away -- Votes: 18
    • Punish (walking away from her for a minute or so) -- Votes: 2
    • Other-please advise -- Votes: 1
Throwing food WWYD *poll* {tamz} Due September 2; 1 child; Maryland 2534 posts
18th Nov '12

DD is 15 months actual/12 adjusted (almost 16/13). She has been throwing food whether or not she is done. Right now I don't react, I just ignore it. But how should I approach this and at what age?




She's not a good eater to begin with, shes not throwing it to the cat or watching it fall, she just puts it to the side while watching me and let's go and comes back for more to drop.

Vodka Knockers 1 child; North Carolina 8063 posts
18th Nov '12

When she starts throwing the food, take it away.
My son did the same thing and after we took it away a few times, he stopped throwing it and dropping it off the side of his high chair. It was right about the same age too, it's a phase lol.

Olive ♥ 1 child; North Carolina 4902 posts
18th Nov '12

My 15 month old does that too. First I tell him not to throw his food, and explain why. Then I give him a little toy to play with instead of playing with his food. That usually works. But if that doesn't work, and ignoring it doesn't work, I would just take it away.

{tamz} Due September 2; 1 child; Maryland 2534 posts
18th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Vodka Knockers:</b>" When she starts throwing the food, take it away. My son did the same thing and after we took it away ... [snip!] ... he stopped throwing it and dropping it off the side of his high chair. It was right about the same age too, it's a phase lol."</blockquote>




Did you give it back after a minute or so?

DeanJade&Mak's Mom 3 kids; Covina, CA, United States 8822 posts
18th Nov '12

Id start feeding her myself again... Maks started throwing food so now I feed him *14 months*



Once in a while I'll give him something when its not to messy, and he will eat instead of throwing, if he starts tossing stuff I take it away and feed him again.

Monsters² Mom 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Dahlgren, VA, United States 5008 posts
18th Nov '12

I'm no help. DD started that at 13 months because when she's at grandmas (my moms) she sees them throw food to the dogs. When she does it at home she would do it and then call the dogs name. We have worked on redirecting, telling "no" and then taking her plate away. She is nowhere near as bad as she was but she still does it at 18 months. Drives me insane!!

Vodka Knockers 1 child; North Carolina 8063 posts
18th Nov '12
Quoting {tamz}:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Vodka Knockers:</b>" When she starts throwing the food, take ... [snip!] ... chair. It was right about the same age too, it's a phase lol."</blockquote> Did you give it back after a minute or so?"

If he was still hungry, yes. But the moment he started dropping it or throwing it, I took it away again. Eventually he learned that if he threw or dropped it, I'd take it away and it'd delay him getting the food he wanted when he wanted it.

{tamz} Due September 2; 1 child; Maryland 2534 posts
18th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting DeanJade&Maksims Momma:</b>" Id start feeding her myself again... Maks started throwing food so now I feed him *14 months* Once ... [snip!] ... when its not to messy, and he will eat instead of throwing, if he starts tossing stuff I take it away and feed him again."</blockquote>




Feeding her myself isn't an option. She has serious feeding issues and we have discovered that when she feeds herself it is much more successful, minus the food throwing of course lol.

{tamz} Due September 2; 1 child; Maryland 2534 posts
18th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting ℳonster's ℳom:</b>" I'm no help. DD started that at 13 months because when she's at grandmas (my moms) she sees them throw ... [snip!] ... and then taking her plate away. She is nowhere near as bad as she was but she still does it at 18 months. Drives me insane!!"</blockquote>



Luckily for me she has yet to notice the cat devouring what she throws overboard.

{tamz} Due September 2; 1 child; Maryland 2534 posts
18th Nov '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting Vodka Knockers:</b>" If he was still hungry, yes. But the moment he started dropping it or throwing it, I took it away again. ... [snip!] ... he learned that if he threw or dropped it, I'd take it away and it'd delay him getting the food he wanted when he wanted it."</blockquote>




I think I'm going to try this and see what happens. Because she doesn't really like food I don't know if it'll work but I think it's worth a shot since ignoring it hasn't been working.

Vodka Knockers 1 child; North Carolina 8063 posts
18th Nov '12
Quoting {tamz}:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Vodka Knockers:</b>" If he was still hungry, yes. But the moment ... [snip!] ... she doesn't really like food I don't know if it'll work but I think it's worth a shot since ignoring it hasn't been working."

My son is a picky eater too. At first we just thought he wasn't real big into eating but we tried different dishes and started to notice he showed favoritism towards pasta and sauce with no meat, than to meat dishes like we usually cooked.