My 1.5 year old daughter is constantly carrying around her toys, and often a toy is in her hand when she comes to the table. We have already decided that no electronics will be allowed at the table, but should I allow her to bring a toy to the table?
- When she gets bored with eating, sometimes playing with a toy for a few minutes can be a nice break, and she'll end up staying at the table longer and eating more.
- No tears resulting from having her toy taken away
- It can become too distracting from the task at hand i.e. eating
- The toy gets messy (e.g. a penguin went for a swim in her soup yesterday)
I find myself sometimes (depending on the toy and the food at the table) taking away her toy mid-meal, which is distressing and inconsistent. I'd like to set a standard and stick with it - even if it means her toys get sticky.