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He's only 1.5 but it's driving me mental. He throws it on the floor then makes out that he's had enough, then when I lift him out of his chair he eats the bits off the floor Will he stop by himself? When I use my stern voice he just laughs and keeps doing it.
that is so true, my ds1 still laughs when I tell him off although his is a nervous laugh. still winds me up - and he knows it! with mine I gave them a smaller amount and as soon as they messed around I took food away calmly and waited until they were sat nicely. lots of praise for good behaviour.
DS (22 months) has only just stopped doing this. Very frustrating, but I was also advised to ignore it and think that may have done the trick. He is now very enthusiastic about tidying up his high chair when he has finished eating!
The laughing bit makes you want to weep, doesn't it? DS is 23 months and still sometimes does this.
Solution is always removing the food without making a big deal of it. DS knows the word 'no', so that suffices. Lots of praise for neat, efficient eating!
All food is cleared away before he gets down. I won't send DS to bed hungry, but am careful to give him boring things if he's hungry again in half an hour/an hour - for a brief period he wouldn't eat his supper and then would demand bread and jam after half an hour!