A MUM has been praised by other parents after sharing a clever "no thank you" plate trick to stop her toddler dropping his food at dinner time.
Leanne, mum of two-year-old Arthur, shared her tip on Facebook as she wrote: "Introduce a ‘no thank you’ plate at meal times, to help avoid food dropping.
"As soon as I see Arthur starting to drop food I ask him to put anything unwanted on the side plate.
"It works a treat!"
The tip was posted on baby food brand Kiddylicious' Facebook page, with the company thanking Leanne for the "great tip".
Other parents were also quick to praise Leanne for the idea in comments on the post.
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"Deffo need to do this!!!!" one wrote, while another added: "A cool idea!"
But some were not as convinced, with one writing: "Can't really do that for my 1 year old.
"He throws it on the floor then ends up eating it before I've had a chance to clean it up."
"In my house it’s ‘leave it on your plate if you don’t want it’," another added.
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"I do not need to create extra washing up for myself thank you."
While a third commented: "Just get a dog, my dog sits next to the kids at meal times and gets what they don't want."
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Other tips for stopping kids from dropping food at meal times includes playing games with them to encourage eating rather than food tossing.
It can also be helpful to teach your child a hand signal to show you when they've had enough to eat.
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