Guide To End Toddler Throwing Food

Guide To End Toddler Throwing Food

2 Nov 2022 | 2 min Read

Reema Shah

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Looking at your toddler throwing food can get annoying. However, this phase won’t last forever and hence as a parent, you need to come up with some strategies for ending this habit of your toddler.

To clear the mess toddlers create while having food, keep a pack of wet wipes handy for easy cleaning of their hands and other body parts.

Why Do Toddlers Throw Food

Toddlers generally throw food due to one or several of the following reasons:

  • Boredom
  • Fear
  • Out of confusion
  • They simply love throwing
  • For attention
  • Unsupported in chair

How To Stop Toddlers From Throwing Food?

Explain What You Want

Let your toddler know what to expect, you may even do this before a meal.  Say to them, “food stays on the table.”  Note my wording here.  Instead of saying, “don’t throw your food,” we are saying, “food stays on the table.”  

Respond Patiently

Avoid reacting strongly when your toddler throws food. Don’t act surprised or yell and try not to show strong emotions. This might be difficult but try doing it so that you’re able to handle things calmly. Your toddler is still learning things and this is also a part of it all.

Keep Servings Small

This is for those toddlers who love throwing food. Give them only a small serving of the food and once they finish that, you can serve them some more if they ask for it.

Let your toddler eat as many bites as they like. It’s advisable not to force them.

Use a gentle foaming handwash to let them wash their hands after having food.

Know About This Phase

Just like other phases when it comes to raising children, this phase too will not last forever.  While it can be challenging, you can try shifting your mindset.  Take a deep breath.  Know this phase is not going to last forever. This mindset shift will help you follow through on the three steps above.

Cover Image Credit – The Dietitian Momma



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