When Toddler Throws His Cup

Hola Moms!  Several weeks ago, we reached out to the Plum Organics and CloudMom communities and asked for your take on what to do when your toddler throws his cup.

You guys came back with so many great ideas that we had to write them up.  Check out our original video on what to do when your toddler throws his cup!

When Toddler Throws His Cup

There were three schools of thought (forgive the bad pun):
Those who say One Strike and You’re Out

When a toddler throws his cup, many of you agreed with me and said just don’t pick it up and give it back.

Molly writes that her 16 month old has thrown his cup so many times, that now with one toss, it’s bye-bye cup.  She happily reports that after a week, Mr. Cup now stays on the tray.

Nicole Miller agrees, her toddler doesn’t get his cup back until the meal is over.

Courtney is on board with this: her little one only gets to “launch” the cup one time – great word Courtney, since that cup does take off like the space shuttle.

Liz K points out that when her toddler throws his cup, it usually means that he’s finished.

Kelly ads that a no-nonsense attitude works wonders – the “don’t laugh, don’t cry” approach by Mama can make the game less fun!

And Mama J (love that name) says it like it is: “leave it there until he learns.”

The Two Strikes and You’re O-U-T Club

Next up to bat were those who thought one more bite at the apple is okay.

Stef will pick up the cup once and give it back to her baby!  But if he bats that cup out a second time, game is over.

Diva 1981 reminds us to stay come and not overreact.  She’ll pick the cup up once but that’s it.

Shobana will give it back a second time too.  Similarly, Amanda and Tanya Lewis will issue this one-time warning.

Chelsea Lasure will pick it up once and tell her child “we don’t do that.”  If her child throws it again, she won’t pick it up and if she gets fussy, she’ll say “you threw it on the floor.”

And finally, Stars2Moon will give her baby a second try, but if he throws a fit, she ignores him.

The Third Dugout: Three Strikes and You’re OUTTA HERE!

Finally, our third team is a bit more forgiving before drawing the line.

Andrea V writes that she struggles with health problems, so learning to pick up her son’s objects can be painful.  (We hope you are feeling good today, Andrea!).  Andrea has a “three strikes rule.”

Heather moves the cup out of reach.  She’s hand it back a few times, but after that she concludes that her child is no longer hungry.

Patty is trying to get some learning out of this whole experience.  She tries to encourage her child to say “all done” and “no” and then to help him put the cup in the sink.  She also has a dog lurking around, which is not helpful because the dog is looking for stray bites!  Patty has her toddler help clean up thrown food after a meal.


All in all, a wealth of FAB tips from you guys.  Here are the most popular ones:

1)   Stay calm – don’t laugh, don’t get upset, don’t give your toddler any reaction.

2)   Be firm and consistent – have a plan and stick with it.

3)   Throwing a cup can indicate your toddler has had enough to eat.

4)   Having a toddler help pick up thrown food can be a good learning lesson.

5)   Combining hungry dogs with a toddler eager to throw food can be a fatal combo!  Sorry dog lovers!

Thanks for all the super feedback!  Xoxo Melissa

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