|couple of questions
||[Aug. 26th, 2006|11:24 pm]
When should you introduce a plate or bowl to your toddler? My 14.5 month old just wants to dump her food off of them and throw them on the floor. Also, any hints as to how to stop her from throwing food in general on the floor? Sometimes she does it because she doesn't want to eat whatever that particular item is, and other times she'll throw one piece over and eat the next one. No rhyme nor reason there.|
One more... any tricks to getting them to tolerate toothbrushing and nail clipping? We've tried singing, cute clippers/toothbrushes, clipping nails while I'm nursing, etc. but it always ends in a red-faced screaming fit.
I wish I knew how to stop them from throwing food on the floor just to see if it will still fall. I remember reading somewhere that when they do this, they learn about cause and effect. Like yours, mine does it just to do it. He'll throw one handful on the floor, and the other into his mouth. I have found that not giving him too much at a time reduces this, though.
As for the toothbrushing and the nail clipping - I also don't know. I've tried all that. I now let him have the toothbrush to chew on after I've used a washcloth to wipe his teeth. Not ideal, but my sisters' kids dentist said it's better than nothing. I was just disappointed because he USED TO tolerate tooth brushing until he had more teeth.
Nail clipping has always always always been a problem. I also tried while nursing, and that worked until he was older. Now he knows what's going on.
All I can say is hang in there - it does get easier. At least, it usually does.
Well, at least we're not alone. =) I hope it gets better soon, because everyone dreads nailclipping time. She does mildly better with the toothbrush, mostly because it doesn't take as long and isn't such a precision thing. If I were a single mom, my kid would have talons. =)
Food throwing-I read one suggestion recently, where you tell them not to do it, and if they do it again, make them leave the table for a minute. Then let them some back, and tell them if they do it again, they'll eave again. I haven't had a chance to try it, since my daughter's past that age and my son isn't there yet.
Nail clipping-have you tried doing it when she's asleep?
unfortunately, she's a VERY light sleeper. She wakes up any time you touch her in her sleep. =/
My daughter is almost 17 months and we occasionally give her a plate or a bowl. She'll usually do OK with it, leaving it on the highchair tray until it gets close to empty or she's having a hard time getting food off/out of it, then she'll just dump the food on her tray to have easier access to it.
Usually for us food throwing signifies that she is either full or doesn't like a particular food. I just keep telling her firmly that we don't throw food, if she's all done she has to tell us and if she doesn't want to eat something to just leave it alone. It doesn't always work but I figure if we keep reinforcing those ideas that she'll eventually get it.
Toothbrushing is a major battle for us some days, I've found that if I let her hold the toothpaste tube and talk to her about other people (or her toys) brusing her teeth that she'll tolerate it better. Sometimes singing a silly song works too. I usually let her watch Sesame Street while I clip her nails, she sits pretty still for that.
Thanks for the ideas. I think I'll definitely start giving her the tube of toothpaste to look at while we do it. That should help out greatly!
I found for brushing teeth it works better if I give my daughter (16 months) the tooth brush first. She plays with it. Then I'll grab on to it and give her teeth a brush.
As for clippers, I don't know. The last time I clipped my daughter's nail she was a month old. I accidently nipped her skin and I've been scared to clip them again, so I make her dad do it!
I cut my daughter with the nail clippers when she was very little, too! I felt soooo guilty. I had a touch of PPD and I just kept sobbing, "but I made her bleed!!!"
I tried giving her the toothbrush once, and she tried to brush her hair with it. It was a good idea, though. Thanks! =)
My daughter does the brushing her hair with her toothbrush also, it's cute! Most times she actually gets it in her mouth though. Good luck!