“I need help my nearly 19month old is driving me insane. I’m very patient with her but every meal she throws her food all over the ground and it drives me literally up the wall. I’ve tried ignoring it (as she loves a reaction), I’ve tried a tap on the hand, I’ve tried turning her to the wall or putting her in a room away from us, telling her no. I don’t know what else to do. I know it may be a phase but how do I teach her it’s not on! I don’t want this happening when she is 4! Any tips would help! ”

Posted by anon, 25/05/2013

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  • It’s a phase
    Just say no throw
    It’s good for them to play with their food its important for their eating skills learning about texture etc
    The throwing is learning too
    Let them grow

  • Mine does it and she is 2. She drops whatever she doesn’t want on the floor. Be consoled by the fact that she is full. If she were really hungry she would eat it.

  • We are going through the same thing. Good to know its a phase. My husband usually take the food away but then she wakes in the middle of the night asking for a bottle… Because she is starving.

  • All mine went though it. Don’t make a big deal about it.. they do grow out of it.

  • i am going thru this too if my son 18 mths if he throws a piece of food we tell him no and if he does it again we take his plate away but has to sit in his chair until we are finished and once we are done he hops down and picks up his food and throws it in the bin and his new thing which he is doing as i type he gets the broom and sweeps the floor lol

  • Have u tried those bowls with the suction cap bottom so they stick to the table? They would be good in the mean time but it is just a phase, she will grow out of it

  • Yep I think it’s a very annoying phase my mr 2 did it about the same age…. They are just testing the boundaries they eventually grow out of it :)

  • If it goes on the floor, it stays on the floor with no more to eat until next meal. It is a phase and they do outgrow it – my third son is currently going through it and will in time stop just like his brothers did

  • I give a warning…then take the food off her if it continues

  • Don’t give her anymore food. That’s it till next meal time, no snacks. She sees it as a game, if you let her get hungry she will stop wasting it.

  • Try eating outside? So its less mess and hose her chair down. You feed her and then she cant throw her food. Does she sit on a big chair? If you still have her chair – maybe say you want to sit like mummy does, dont throw your food and you can sit on a BIG chair – or if she throws her food, strap her in – teach her, we dont throw food we eat it. Also change her eating forks to a little metal one – GL

  • Trust me they grow out of it. Mr 4 went through this stage and now miss 2 is. thinks it hilarious. Nothing we could do about it except ignore it but the behaviour kept on. One day he just stopped. Hoping its the same for miss 2

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