Mealtime frustrations!

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Mealtime frustrations!

Victoria is starting to drive me nuts at mealtimes, and they are no longer enjoyable Sad She dumps her plate out, throws food on the floor, stands on her chair, climbs on the table, pours her drinks out, throws her cutlery at her brothers, tries to eat off of their plates, even if she has the exact same stuff on her plate...Every mealtime, I end up trying to keep an eye on her and discipline her. I take her cup and plate away when she starts to dump them, put her on the floor when she refuses to sit down or starts to climb on the table. She climbs back up onto her chair, and will usually behave for a short while before she starts acting up again and it starts all over. She does always still end up eating a lot, but the space around her always ends up looking like a war zone, and I never really get to sit and enjoy a meal Sad

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That stinks. Sad I hope she grows out of this frustrating phase soon. Have you tried to give her tiny portions of food at a time? Use a high chair/booster with a seatbelt (ours has a 5 point harness she cannot get out of, though I don't use the shoulder straps). Maybe the plates or bowls with suction cups on the bottom? Spill-proof cups? I can't think of any other suggestions. Wish I could be more helpful.

Meals are frustrating here, too, but for totally different reasons. I'm worried I will never enjoy a meal again!

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I assume the boys can sit and eat their dinner no problem (they are not escalating her?).

If we don't have sleep troubles, we have meal time struggles!. I can't decide which is worse, my child that doesn't eat or Victoria who has a great appetite but a lot of energy.

I don't have any suggestions but would love to hear if you find a solution...

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Do you have a high chair that you can strap her into? We still put Sean in his high chair for meals... It doesn't stop him from throwing his food down to the dog or otherwise frustrating us, but it does keep him in one spot so we don't have to worry about that.

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"April777" wrote:

That stinks. Sad I hope she grows out of this frustrating phase soon. Have you tried to give her tiny portions of food at a time? Use a high chair/booster with a seatbelt (ours has a 5 point harness she cannot get out of, though I don't use the shoulder straps). Maybe the plates or bowls with suction cups on the bottom? Spill-proof cups? I can't think of any other suggestions. Wish I could be more helpful.

Meals are frustrating here, too, but for totally different reasons. I'm worried I will never enjoy a meal again!

We got rid of the high chair with straps awhile ago, because she started refusing to sit in it at all.

I could try using stuff with suction cups, but I could see her seeing that as a challenge, and when she did dislodge them, the food would really go flying!

I will try the smaller portions and see if that helps.

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I assume the boys can sit and eat their dinner no problem (they are not escalating her?).

They laugh when she does stuff like throw things and climb on the table, so that certainly doesn't help. I did notice that today when it was just her and I eating lunch, she sat still and ate her food without throwing anything. So it obviously helped not to have an audience.

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I could try using stuff with suction cups, but I could see her seeing that as a challenge, and when she did dislodge them, the food would really go flying!

Sorry Ingrid but this made me laugh out loud. I can picture it!

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Hope that this phase is short for you!! As usual, consistency is probably the thing that will have the best outcome!