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19 mo throwing books on the floor

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Artifexmumdi Fri 28-Nov-14 18:21:25

DD2 keeps taking books off shelves and throwing them on the floor. I put them back and she does it AGAIN. I have tried the giving information 'Books belong on shelves!', praise when she helps, never letting her see me do Oxfam sorts so she never sees me take books off, only put them back, I have moved her away from the shelves. But I am getting really cross with her. Any ideas? Obviously, I don't want to put her off books, but I do wsnt her to not throw them on the floor.

Theas18 Fri 28-Nov-14 18:27:18

Umm that's what 19 month olds do....
Books out of indestructible sorts eg board books and nice books to be shared with an adult surely?
You can't expect a child to respect paper books if you don't share and show them how.

AryaOfHouseSnark Fri 28-Nov-14 18:36:33

I don't think they're is much you can do at that age, if you don't want her to throw them then move them and have a little book case for her board books and other children's books.
Or just ignore it and hope that she gets over it, she could see it as a fun game, especially if you give her lots of praise when putting them back.

Artifexmumdi Fri 28-Nov-14 18:37:20

We do that. I suspect I was spoiled by DD1 who I now realise was an atypical baby. And I always try to read to DD2 but she just isn't interested. I know it is what they do, I just wondered if I could stop it early, but I guess not and DS will be joining in soon enough.

AryaOfHouseSnark Fri 28-Nov-14 18:37:31

Although, she will probably go from emptying the bookcase to something else. My Dts love emptying things at that age.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 28-Nov-14 18:39:40

Move the books up high and get her board books, you've made this into a game and she's getting your undecided attention wink

listed Fri 28-Nov-14 18:41:37

Put the board books on a low shelf so she can help herself and throw if she wants to.

Put all the nicer books on a high shelf and bring them out just to read with her.

19 month olds throw stuff. It's why I have nothing nice lower than waist level in my house.

catsofa Fri 28-Nov-14 18:42:54

You need to child-proof your house when you have a toddler, i.e. move the books somewhere she can't reach or put a door on the bookcase or something.

On a narrowboat people sometimes put a net curtain wire on hooks along in front of a shelf so it keeps things on the shelf when the boat rocks. Might be easy to do to your lower bookshelves so that books can't be easily taken off by a young child any more?

usualsuspect333 Fri 28-Nov-14 18:42:59

She doesn't care that they are books.She will move on to your DVDs next.

CorporateRockWhore Fri 28-Nov-14 19:44:47

DD loved doing that when she was the same age! It was a great game for her. She'll stop doing it soon enough OP.

Artifexmumdi Fri 28-Nov-14 21:08:11

Oh, DVDs have long since been stored away. I suppose the problem is really that we have too many books, overflowing bookshelves in the majority of our rooms. Anyway, as I said, DD1 didn't do this so I wasn't expecting DD2 to do it. I'm not going to worry about it now I know that loads of toddlers do it. Thanks everyone.

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