I often have to take my son to my appointments (things like doctor, psychologist etc) as i dont have anyone to leave him with. Hes 15 months old.
What ends up happening every single time is absolutely nothing will distract him apart from food. Then when i give him food he wants more & more & more & if i dont give it to him he has an epic screaming tantrum, and if i do give it to him he eats all the food ive brought in the first 10 minutes.
Distractions ive tried without success - toys, stickers, my phone, keys, sunglasses, tv (ie in waiting rooms etc), tickling him, books. Only food seems to work.
How can I make the food last for the entire appointment?? Short of taking the entire pantry with me i dont know what to do. I walk so i cant carry too much.
I end up resorting to biscuits & things like that just to get him to stop screaming when there is no more food left. I really don't want that to become a habit though.
I know people are just going to say 'let him scream' but i struggle with that. Him screaming, especially in public is a MASSIVE trigger for my anxiety. Overall im managing my anxiety better now but i still struggle to manage the stress & panic i feel when he starts cracking up when we are out. I think it stems from when he was really little & i didn't know how to settle him.