• Shalyn Yamanaka MS, RD

Dropping food, plates, and cutlery


Somewhere around 12 to 24 months, inevitably parents often get frustrated with their toddler dropping food, plates, and/or cutlery on the floor from where they are eating. If you are using a child sized table and chairs, this may not be as big of an issue as it is not as exciting to watch and the sound is not as loud when things fall, then from a high (baby) chair, but likely your toddler will go through this stage.

Toddler are curious beings and every thing they do is interesting and exciting and a learning experience. They are also often testing their caregivers to see how they react. During this time, if the caregiver (be it mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, a helper, etc) reacts to the dropping of the food/plate/cutlery, the toddler learns that it causes a reaction, and that may encourage them to continue this interesting experiment. Whereas, if there is nothing that happens, then the experiment is boring. Now, if it makes a big clang, or in my house, the dog comes running and starts jumping up on the table, that may be exciting enough that the experiment needs to be tried at least another time or two.

This can be extremely frustrating for parents, especially if you see it as wasting food, not caring for your belongings, or playing around. In reality, it is completely normal. If you are not happy with these experiments, caregivers need to remain calm and disinterested. It is a test, and if you add excitement to this test, it adds fuel to the fire of curiosity. If the experiment is boring, they will try something else.

If you are currently struggling with things being dropped on the floor, what are your concerns? I would love to hear from you.

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