My 9 month old DD likes having finger foods and then, only, then can I spoon feed her. During most meals she drops lots of food over the side of the high chair, on purpose. She does this even with things she loves, so it isn't that she doesn't like the food. What is the best way to deal with it?
I have been saying 'no' sternly, but really, what should I be doing?
don't respond. she's learning about things falling to the floor (instead of the ceiling, say). give her some toys to drop too, but don't encourage/praise the dropping. hopefully she'll get bored of it. otherwise as she gets older and more able to understand consequences, you can get her to pick up what she drops. sorry not to be more help!