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What can I do if my baby will not stop throwing food?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Try another approach
If a baby throws food, he may just be playing.
When he is really hungry, re-approach him and eat with him, to show that food is for eating. If he throws food because he is angry, the parent can "disappear" and watch the baby from behind, and then come back to try again a few minutes later. When a baby is truly hungry, he is less likely to throw the food away.

In brief: Try another approach
If a baby throws food, he may just be playing.
When he is really hungry, re-approach him and eat with him, to show that food is for eating. If he throws food because he is angry, the parent can "disappear" and watch the baby from behind, and then come back to try again a few minutes later. When a baby is truly hungry, he is less likely to throw the food away.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
In brief: Positive or negative
Attention reinforces behavior from 6 mos.
On. Have pleasant family sit-down meals. Smile & say "nice eating" when he self-feeds. When he throws food, calmly turn his high chair away from the table. Don't talk or make eye contact. When he's quiet, turn him back around & say, "no throwing." the 2nd time, calmly take his food away till the next meal/snack. He'll test you at first, then stop.

In brief: Positive or negative
Attention reinforces behavior from 6 mos.
On. Have pleasant family sit-down meals. Smile & say "nice eating" when he self-feeds. When he throws food, calmly turn his high chair away from the table. Don't talk or make eye contact. When he's quiet, turn him back around & say, "no throwing." the 2nd time, calmly take his food away till the next meal/snack. He'll test you at first, then stop.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Ad-lib sipping formula/ milk/juice from a bottle or Sippy cup between meals will decrease both his appetite & dental health.
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