The Law of Gravity

January 31, 2008 by Kailani  
Filed under family topics

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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30 Responses to “The Law of Gravity”
  1. 1
    Renee says:

    actually, no DD didn’t throw her food. She’s never been much for throwing.

    one would have thought that she might have enjoyed throwing things from our 2nd floor balcony, but nope…she never did.

    Course now she likes to throw things from the upstairs landing…she thinks it’s a hoot to help throw down the bags of laundry (we call them our dead bodies).

    Renee’s last blog post..I AM HOPPING MAD!!!

  2. 2
    Carrie says:

    Yep, sometimes they still do, they are 5 and almost 3! We’re working on table manners extra this month!

  3. 3
    Wendy says:

    My son is 2 and still throws his food (when it’s something he doesn’t like). Let’s just say that his older sisters do not appreciate the accuracy of his aim. LOL

    Wendy’s last blog post..Thankful Thursday – Fellowship

  4. 4
    Grace says:

    Good that you asked because I can’t remember anything like this while reading your post. My daughter did not throw things except rubber pacifiers she absolutely disliked!

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  5. 5
    Rob at Kintropy says:

    Yep, both kids did. Hannah still does. Her seems to be more of a strong opinion than an experiment in gravity these days, though. Pretzel – mouth. Bread – floor. She’s pretty consistent, too. Maybe at a certain age, they move from junior scientist to food critic? Can Iron Chef be far behind?

  6. 6
    alice says:

    what an awesome theory! i could imagine myself doing the same things, although i can’t remember why. that’s so cute. although it may get less cute when the time comes for me to be a mom myself. :)

    alice’s last blog post..Back to who I was.

  7. 7
    Melissa says:

    That’s an interesting concept… but, um, isn’t there plenty of ways they could learn about gravity that don’t involve food? :) And yes – all three of my kids threw food. Not so much with the oldest, but the younger two both did.

  8. 8
    Dana says:

    I don’t really remember Brandon throwing that much…well, unless you want to count THROWING UP as in tossing his cookies. Count yourself lucky Kailani!! Brandon had a very easy gag reflex (still does to this day) and he literally would throw up if he got a little tickle in his throat.

    I hope you aren’t eating anything right now, but one day, I was having dinner with friends in a restaurant with their kids and my kids. Brandon got choked and he literally threw up on our table!!! I caught it with a bowl, but ewwwwwww – how gross!!! I almost threw up just cleaning it up.

    I know, “your welcome” for the story. :)

    Dana’s last blog post..The trip

  9. 9
    Jacki says:

    Thankfully Emma never threw food, but she did love throwing toys and watching us fetch them. :-)

    Jacki’s last blog post..Junk Food Makes Me Happy

  10. 10
    Rach (Heart of Rachel) says:

    I don’t recall Yohan throwing his food when he was a baby but I remember him enjoying tossing his toys around.

    Thanks for sharing that interesting theory.

    BTW. if you have time to spare, I tagged you: alphabet tag.

    Rach (Heart of Rachel)’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen : Environmental Care

  11. 11
    TheAngelForever says:

    My oldest (now 4) would love to toss his sippy cup when he was little along with his beloved binky.

    The little guy (now 8 1/2 months old) is just learning the fine art of Cheerio and other food throwing. It is amazing how the items he eats move along the hardwood floors all over the halls. *sigh*

    TheAngelForever’s last blog post..Party in his crib at 3AM – *thud*

  12. 12
    Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    If food-throwing were an Olympic sport, I think that Becca would have a good shot at the gold medal… Her usual procedure is to eat whatever she wants and then dump anything left on the floor. Somewhere she’s picked up the idea that it’s what you do to signify that you’re full. Convincing her otherwise has been a challenge to say the least, so lately it’s a matter of timing – trying to snatch her plate or bowl away after she’s done eating but before everything hits the floor. It’s almost enough to make me wish that we had a dog!

    Deb – Mom of 3 Girls’s last blog post..There and back – and there and back again…

  13. 13
    Mary mert says:

    I had never even thought about the possibility of that! How funny! Now I feel really bad for yelling at my kids LOL!

    Mary mert’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday- My new 3-in-1 purse :D (for my new sewing business site)

  14. 14
    melli says:

    Oh! I figured THIS out looooooooong ago! (of course, my babies ARE 18.5 years old!) But we still laugh over the day that Mathew figured out that applesauce won’t BOUNCE! He was sO amazed! He dropped cheerios one at a time… bounce, bounce, bounce. Then he spooned up a BIG glob of applesauce… SPLAT! Well… he had to try that AGAIN! Nope… it STILL didn’t bounce! Ahhhhh… intrigue at it’s finest!

    melli’s last blog post..Thurs. 13 … In Alphabetical Order

  15. 15
    Natasha says:

    My little bug just turned 10 months today and he’s been doing this for the last month or so. Not only does he do it in his highchair but while he’s sitting on the couch he will take toys and throw them over then peer over the edge at them. I don’t remember my little goose doing that though, she refused to sit in a highchair for ages though!

    Natasha’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  16. 16
    feefifoto says:

    You bet they did. One of my dogs was resentful and scared to death of my son until he began throwing food. Then she hovered in the vicinity of his high chair most of the day.

    feefifoto’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday: Does This Make Me The Coolest Mom Ever?

  17. 17
    witchypoo says:

    I think it’s much more basic than exploring gravity. I think it’s more enjoying their power of making things happen. Because they all laugh like crazy and none of them take notes.

    witchypoo’s last blog post..Coming Soon

  18. 18
    Fresh Girl says:

    I read something very similar to that the other day at the doctor’s office… it was a nice explanation for why my nephew Thomas so delights in dropping things over the side of his high chair, walker, bed, or whatever. ;)

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  19. 19
    Christine says:

    I just gave Lindsay chow mein last night, and the noodles were aflying. My thought sometimes, children love to play with their food, and fingerpaint with their ketchup, it is how they learn. Now throwing food at their brother or sister faces, food fights are another story.

    Christine’s last blog post..My Weekly Update a little early

  20. 20
    BeachMama says:

    Not J. He didn’t drop stuff. We have dogs and if you value your food you don’t drop it. And the sippy might have fallen once or twice, but not on purpose like my neices and nephews (they just throw them). I am hoping for a repeat performance with Apple, but you just never know.

    BeachMama’s last blog post..Time Well Spent?

  21. 21
    Not the Queen says:

    When my daughter was about 18 months, she would drop food, utensils, etc. on the floor, but only if my husband or I were watching her. It was most definitely a game. We just stopped watching her, and she stopped dropping everything.

    Not the Queen’s last blog post..100th Post Celebration and Giveaway

  22. 22
    Desert Songbird says:

    Yes, both of my kids threw things like this as babies. Now they are both “A” students in science. Think there’s a correlation?

    Desert Songbird’s last blog post..It’s a Beautiful Day

  23. 23
    Arizona says:

    My twins are going to be a year old in 2 days and yes, they toss everything off their high chairs! Luckily I have 3 dogs who love to eat food even if its covered in baby slobber (dog slobber, baby slobber, what’s the difference?). At least now I know why they’re doing it!

    Arizona’s last blog post..Parle vous Francaise?

  24. 24
    Arizona says:

    The CommentLuv is off…it isn’t showing my latest post…its showing a post from 2 weeks ago!

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  25. 25
    sheepincognito says:

    my kids had that skill perfected – they would always wait for mom to have the floor freshly mopped, THEN drop the applesauce and the sippy cup. Especially food they didn’t like – it was a race against the peas – probably an exploration of which is faster: mom or gravity…one of them actually would start giggling when I fussed at her.
    At the time- NOT funny.
    Now – awwww, how cute was that?
    time has a way of making kids even cuter than they were when they were little….

  26. 26
    suburbancorrespondent says:

    What is that, a rhetorical question? It’s a categorical imperative that children drop their food. And I’m so far gone, I’m almost as interested in watching it as they are.

    suburbancorrespondent’s last blog post..Cinderella Story

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