It’s inevitable. Every time I get Baby Bug into her high chair, her sippy cup will eventually get launched. It’s gotten to the point where I just leave it on the floor until she’s done eating. After all, she’s just testing me, right?
Well, in this month’s issue of Wonder Time I found out that maybe it’s not so personal after all. According to Jennifer Eyre White:
It turns out that babies dump their food (and sippy cups and toys) from high places not just because they want to watch you aerobicize or to feed the family dog. They’re exploring gravity and cause and effect – it’s a neat little experiment. The thrilling time comes at about 12 months when babies will purposefully pick up an object with the sole intent of dropping it over the edge of the high chair tray. They follow its plunge intently and watch it land. And more than just “things fall down,” babies are learning that things behave differently upon impact: Avacado sticks to the floor, blueberries bounce and roll, a spoon goes “bang”, oatmeal goes “splat”, milk “sploosh.”
So the next time Baby Bug throws her plate like a frisbee, I’ll try to stay calm and remember that she is not purposely being “naughty”, but that it’s just another step in the learning process. However, is it too much to ask to throw it in the direction of the floor and not the carpet?
Did your children throw their food when they were babies?
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