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Old 03-27-2015, 03:41 PM   #1
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Can babies be taught not to throw food on the floor?

My 11 mo loves to throw food on the floor, and it drives myself and her dad absolutely nuts. We say "no" and try to keep extra food off her tray because when there is too much, she won't eat any of it, just tosses all of it. I don't mind her playing with the food as long as it doesn't go on the floor.

I know it is a phase, I know they are experimenting. But I also have heard of Montessori kids using silverware at incredibly young ages, so... is there a way to teach them not to throw it on the floor?

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Old 03-27-2015, 04:42 PM   #2
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Re: Can babies be taught not to throw food on the floor?

Yes. Its called repetition and consistency.

It takes time, but I try to use the same method of behavioral modification that my mom uses at work with behaviorally challenged and autistic young children. It uses small steps and a ton of consistency.

When my LO is clearly throwing food on the floor to be naughty or wait for a reaction, Ill just remove the food for a while and if they balk, then oh well. Of course, when they eat without throwing on the floor, then you verbally praise.
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Old 03-27-2015, 04:44 PM   #3
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Yep praise the good more then disciplining the bad. They seek the attention and right now the attention she's getting is by throwing the food the floor
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Old 03-27-2015, 04:52 PM   #4
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Re: Can babies be taught not to throw food on the floor?

Oh, thank you for the ideas!

I think using more praise and taking away food for a short time might work. We do praise some, but it sounds like not nearly enough. Now that I think about it, throwing food happens a LOT more often during snack time (I do kitchen chores while she eats) than during meals (we are both sitting beside her during meals). Of course, it does happen during meals too but less often. I'm only concerned about the deliberately dropping or flinging food, not the times it accidentally slips out of her hand.

Thanks for the ideas!
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Old 09-20-2015, 08:55 AM   #5
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Yes. Its called repetition and consistency.

It takes time, but I try to use the same method of behavioral modification that my mom uses at work with behaviorally challenged and autistic young children. It uses small steps and a ton of consistency.

When my LO is clearly throwing food on the floor to be naughty or wait for a reaction, Ill just remove the food for a while and if they balk, then oh well. Of course, when they eat without throwing on the floor, then you verbally praise.
This is what I do. It doesn't always work but at least I'm doing my part :/
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Good luck!
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