How to stop hitting, bitting and hair pulling!?

Erica - posted on 10/28/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 10 months old and is always hitting, bitting and pulling my hair...i dont get why i can understand the bitting because she is teething but i dont know how to stop or what to do about the hitting and hair pulling it really hurts she is a strong little baby...and if i say anything to let her know she hurt me she laughs.....i just dont know what to do to get her to stop...HELP!!

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BobbieJean - posted on 01/08/2014

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tell your baby in a loud voice "no that hurts" or "don't do that it's not nice", then put the baby in crib for a short period of time; and in a soothing voice telling them what they did was wrong and they shouldn't do it. after a while if that don't work softly swat their mouth and tell them no don't bite; it may sound mean but it's better than doing it back cause they think that it's fun and games when you do it too.

Erica - posted on 11/13/2009

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thanks everyone for your help!!! i have tried the telling her NO in a stern voice and she seams to resond to that. although she still pulls my hair when she gets ahold of it...even when its up she grabs a chunk (while its up) and pulls it down lol.

Anmarie - posted on 11/06/2009

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I am not and never will say my kids r angels we have our battles and scraps over toys ect.. nor am I saying that giving your babies/kids hugs and loves stops them biting you because that is wrong. I think I wrote what I wrote wrong... What I was ment to say was: Your baby/child can not pull your hair if it is not in their hands reach? Yes? Tell people when they get in your child's space to back away, I think they are interested in the object flying around ect.. I don't understand the child hitting thing because I stopped it as fast as she started it by sitting her on the couch when she did it. I'm sorry to the people that have read my comment It has just come out in the wrong way. I'm shure you ALL give your babys loves and hugs ect enjoy them they are the best.

Christi - posted on 11/04/2009

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Quoting Anmarie:

Why is all these babys getting the chance to hurt you???? Tie your hair up all of the people that their babys pull their hair! Babys will only ever get what their hands can reach! My children (I have 2) have never had the chance to pull my hair or bite me. We give our children lots of hugs and kisses and loves and they do not bite us. I know children bite Because they are teething but as for the rest of it dont give them the opportunity to do the Action and they cant. Sorry Guys I Dont Want To Sound Like A B**ch but come on!



wow, really? i keep my hair pulled back and it doesn't keep my son from pulling my hair. i give my son lots of love and attention as well, i am a stay at home mom.  the only time i get to let my hair down is when my husband and i go out by ourselves, not that i am complaining. it is other people we are worried about. my son goes for other women's  hair and he is a little too agressive. we know that kids get into anything and everything, we are just looking for a way to teach them to behave properly and not be hurtful. you don't have to come down on everyone.

Roxanne - posted on 11/04/2009

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Im in the same boat my son just bites everyone i know hes teething and it hurts the only way ive found is distraction, whenever he does something i pick up one of his toys and divert his attention, i also warn people when they hold him, i hope that helps :)
And to the above comment babys can still pull hair when its tied back!!! you are obviously lucky that your kids are angels i give my son lots of love and cuddles yet he still tries to bite me!

Anmarie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Why is all these babys getting the chance to hurt you???? Tie your hair up all of the people that their babys pull their hair! Babys will only ever get what their hands can reach! My children (I have 2) have never had the chance to pull my hair or bite me. We give our children lots of hugs and kisses and loves and they do not bite us. I know children bite Because they are teething but as for the rest of it dont give them the opportunity to do the Action and they cant. Sorry Guys I Dont Want To Sound Like A B**ch but come on!

Christi - posted on 11/03/2009

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i wish i could find a way for my son to stop it too. we have tried swatting his hands and the first time he bit us, we bit him (gently) back and he thinks it is just a game. he hits total strangers that get close to him and pulls hair and scratches and bites. i really want to find something that works and soon.

Sara - posted on 11/03/2009

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yess my son is 10months old too and he pulls my hair all the time. he finds it hilarious. he cut my eyeball a couple of weeks ago whilest trying to pull my hair and i had to go to eye hospital :( i tried the whole no it hurts thing tried to be stern but then he just finds it even funnier. mean. i guess the only thing you can do is find them something to do instead. obviously theyre doing it out of frustration and being bored (:

Zyanne - posted on 10/30/2009

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lol im in the same boat, . my son is exactly the same! hes really really strong and loves to pull on things (so thats my hair and dads armpit hairs lol) and bites my face all the time. i know he thinks bites are kisses but im finding it hard to teach him the difference and stop him! he finds it really funny and i try not to laugh but cant help it..

Vicki - posted on 10/29/2009

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Give her something else to do. It's hard for baby to understand reason (it hurts). Remove her hands from your hair, say no, explain what you are doing, and give her a toy to hold. If she is biting, give her a teething ring or cookie to chew. Redirect her attention and speak to her to help her understand it is inappropriate to be doing this.

Ashley - posted on 10/29/2009

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My son did the same thing. It doesnt always work but I would grab his handand look him in the eye and using my "mommy" voice say LET GO if he is pulling hair or STOP of he is hitting... now when he starts doing it and I say it he stops and looks at me with these big eyes but he doesnt do it again. It took doing it A LOT until he got the point but it seems to be working. Might not work for everyone but its worth trying!

Kim - posted on 10/28/2009

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I had the same problems a couple of months ago. This may sound harsh but it worked for me. I do it back to my son and explain it hurts. Of course I do not hurt him I just get my point across this has been very effect for me now it only happens once in a while and I first give him a warning if that doesn't work I refreash his memory on how it hurts.

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