My 1.5-year-old has recently started putting small stones (the size of hazelnuts) in her mouth when we are outdoors, which of course can be very dangerous.
I have tried everything I could think of to prevent any unfortunate accidents:
- reacted quickly to take the stone out with a finger - it worked the first few times, but now she keeps her mouth tight and tries to escape (which in turn worries me because she could accidentally choke while she struggles)
- in a serious tone told her to spit the stone
- in normal voice tone told her that mommy doesn't want her to put stones in her mouth
- asked her if she was hungry and offered her something to eat (the idea being: you put stuff in your mouth if you want to eat them)
- tried to distract her / ignore her action
She sees it as a game and laughs and runs around with the stone in her mouth. This happens almost every time we are outdoors playing, which is every day. If I do manage to take the stone out, she would put in another one 30 seconds later.
My question is: how to best handle this situation? Both in terms of prevention (if possible), and once she has the stone in her mouth.
Note: she is generally not putting other things in her mouth that are not edible. Before this "stone game", she had a "let's taste the sand" phase, which was far less dangerous.