Driving me crazy! Any suggestions?!

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Registered: 08-15-2007
Driving me crazy! Any suggestions?!
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Sun, 09-13-2009 - 3:13pm
Kayleigh is driving me crazy when she eats. If there's something she doesn't want to eat on her tray she will throw it on the floor. Some times this results in everything on her tray winding up on the floor because she doesn't feel like eating anything she was given. Any suggestions on how to keep her from throwing it on the floor? It doesn't really bother me that she doesn't want to eat it but I hate that she always throws it on the floor. She's about 15 1/2 months old and she's been doing this for months already and shows no signs of stopping no matter how much I tell her not to and stuff. I don't know what to do to try and end this bad habit of hers.
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Registered: 03-20-2009
Sun, 09-13-2009 - 7:11pm

Toby still does this occasionally, so you arent alone. It happened more when he was younger. He had less language, so was more physically demonstrative when he didnt like something. Now he can tell me that he doesnt like something.


Could you teach her a word or a sign for her to tell you that she doesnt want it? There are some baby signing dictionaries on the internet.


You could try a plastic mat under her chair so that if she does throw anything down, atleast it's easier to clean up, and its still clean so if need be you can put it back on her plate.


If she throws something down, telling her off might actually make her do it more, if she finds it funny/interesting when mommy gets cross. I just say to Toby, "Ok, you didnt want that piece" and take it away. This also helped him to realise that mommy understood, and he didnt need to throw things away to have me 'listen'.


Could you put a little pot or bowl on her tray, and tell her that anything she doesnt want goes in the pot, not on the floor? Toby developed a habit of spitting food out when he started teething his molars, and it was kind of gross that he did it back onto his plate, so I gave him a little pot and said that he could put anything that made his teeth sore into the pot.


good luck x


 Izzi


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Registered: 08-17-2009
Sun, 09-13-2009 - 10:25pm
dd now eats on the floor. my mom said i was like that about meat growing up. she said to try a one bite method. dont give her all the food at once. if you know her favorite food then make that along with whatever else she doesnt like. make her take a bite of whatever then she can look forward to her favorite. it works with dd. after a while she eats it. for example she didnt like yogurt but loves waffles. so i put the waffles in eye sight then said if you take one bite of yogurt you can have your waffles. surprisingly she ate it. now she LOVES to eat yogurt. i hope that helps and i hope it was understandable.
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Registered: 09-21-2008
Mon, 09-14-2009 - 2:07am
Adria used to do this all the time too and it would annoy the heck out of me because she was wasting perfectly good food, that I knew she liked, and then act hungry later!

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Registered: 08-15-2007
Wed, 09-16-2009 - 12:39pm
Thanks girls for all the suggestions and info.! I really appreciate it! I'll try out a few new things and see if she makes any improvements. She's become very very stubborn though so I'm not sure but I'll still try. Hopefully she'll grow out of this soon though and it won't be a problem anymore!
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