I'm sure I'm not the only one who's child spits, so I'm hoping for some ideas as to how to stop this.
My daughter will be three in April.
For the past two months or so she's been spitting... when she's bored, when she's mad, taking her milk or water and letting it dribble out of her mouth or on to the floor (and then licking it up which I find so gross, but that's been fairly easy to work with).
I know the dribbling thing is a sensation thing- it feels cool on her mouth and gums, and at first I thought that the spitting was because of teething (something my ped suggested) so I was ok with asking her to stop, getting her a teether, having her help wipe up the mess. However, in the last two weeks or so, she's started doing it when she's tantruming, or when she's bored, such as when we are in the grocery store, because she knows it will get my full attention (I assume- she can't really tell me "why" yet when asked).
What would be an effective way to handle this? I try to make sure that I run errands when she is rested and fed, and bring things like books or toys along. Lately, since the spitting started I've been saving the shopping for times when my husband can join, as he keeps her occupied, or leave the two of them home while I go out, but that isn't always an option, because he often has to travel unexpectedly for work (so I can't plan a shop before he leaves, that sort of thing) and we don't have many child care options.
In addition to having her help clean the mess (which she enjoys because 1. she likes cleaning and 2. I'm paying attention to her) I give her reasons why spitting isn't appropriate, which I know she will eventually understand.
I've also started just leaving the store, which last week meant we didn't have milk for afternoon snack, which prompted a tantrum (understandably) even though I explained why there was no milk. However, the time between leaving the store milk-less and the tantrum was rather long, so I know she didn't really understand (or maybe she did and I'm just not giving her enough credit- hard to tell sometimes)
I know this will eventually stop, but everyone has their one really aggravating thing, and this is mine- it's like nails on a chalk board.