My son never threw food. I'm sure he would have if he had the chance, but I kept meals super...
My son never threw food. I'm sure he would have if he had the chance, but I kept meals super short. Not because of anything I read, more because I was constantly in a time crunch during Cedar's early years. Meals had to be fast. Recently I read somewhere that a group of child researchers think baby meals should be short through - even if you're not in a time crunch. Why? Because toddler's attention spans are so short. Plus, their tummies aren't that big. They fill up fast and then look for new entertainment. Major discipline when your baby is only one or two years old is not useful. Little ones just don't get it. However, it is ok to take your child out of a highchair and pronounce that their dinner is over because they're tossing, not eating their food. Then don't dwell, find some new activity for your baby. If your baby tosses food right at you you can also say, "No, we don't throw food at people" and again, remove him. At this young of an age, there is no point to having your baby sit the whole time with you at the table. I do think kids should start out at the table with you because just seeing you eat like a civilized person is good training in manners. But, with their attention span, it's not realistic to have them sit or an entire hour at the table. It's not that they're being rude - they just aren't built that way yet. You also might enjoy: Help my baby’s a slob! Does your baby throw food? What works for you?

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