my 2 year old daughter always creates a mess while eating food.. She loves to eat on her own but wants to create a mess as well..I allow her to do that but at the same time get worried how will she start eating all food...please suggest

Hi. In creating the mess she is learning how to eat on her own. Slowly start telling her food is eaten like this....play time is different. Its a slow phase. Be persistent and patient.

Let her explore herself.  After few weeks, start explaining no, baby this is not the right way.  Demonstrate her and then ask now it's your turn.  Appreciate her way...

u've got very helpful answers rasika - i think it's awesome she eats by herself!!

Thanks Priya, Sakshi, Asha!!

Eating on own gives lot of sense of achievement, satisfaction and improves self image of the child. It might be hectic for you but in a long run it's creating a base of confidence in the child. Let her do that. With age she will get the correct way of eating.

Rasika Joshi That's absolutely fine! Infact allowing kids to eat independently is extremely important as a healthy eating habit. They learn through the mess they create. Allow her to eat every day at a fixed place at fixed meal times. If you think she has not filled herself enough, you can always feed herself as top up. But always appreciate her when she is trying to feed herself.

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