14 month old biting! Whats the best way to stop it??

Catie - posted on 05/30/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 14 month old son has started biting me and his father really bad the past two weeks..ive tried to put him in timeout but since he's too young it doesnt work,im not really sure what to do. I want this to stop immediately before he bites someone else...plz help!

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Tisha - posted on 05/30/2010

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if you do decide to try to bite him back, bite him on the finger. there isn't much meat there so you don't have to bite very hard for him to feel it.

Lynne - posted on 05/30/2010

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I read that young ones will do that in expressing the deep emotion they feel. It will pass as he begins to find other ways to express himself. Meanwhile, I suggest that you use simple words like "that hurts me, stop". It is really important to converse with your child when you are together. He may appear to not understand, but they soak up a lot before they start using a larger vocabulary. I chatted with mine all the time. We also sang the alphabet song and counted to 10, later using the even numbers only.

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Caitlin - posted on 02/21/2013

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DONT EVER BITE OR SPRAY your child!!!! I have been working with infants and toddlers for the past 6 years and I would NEVER do that to a child! That is how I trained my puppy not to bark or pee in the house! Young children are very smart! Making loud sounds that catch their attention is enough to start! They may need a distraction or extra attention! DONT EVER BITE OR SPRAY YOUR CHILD!!! HOW DARE YOU!!!

Cassie - posted on 09/15/2010

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I can't believe previous posters have suggested biting him back and one even suggested smacking his mouth. That's ABUSE!!!

My 14 month old bites sometimes too and I tell him 'no' in a firm voice and put him on the floor for a few minutes. Usually he bites when he's happy though.

Melanie - posted on 05/30/2010

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Bite him back not very hard but enough to let him know or smack his mouth. I have 4 boys itis a stage with all kids. It will pass but let him know once and it will stop show him the pain it causes just like with pulling hair pull it back he will get the idea really fast!

Tisha - posted on 05/30/2010

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get yourself a little squirt bottle and put white distilled vinegar in it. each time he bites give him a squirt of that mixture in his mouth. it's non toxic but tastes nasty enough that he won't like it. i personally have never tried it but a mom at the daycare that I worked at used that to break her son from biting. she only had to do it a few times at home and he stopped biting there. then she sent the bottle to the daycare. i just sat it out on the shelf where he could see it and he never bit there again. i never had to use it. he was a little older. he was two. another mom told me she made her son bite a bar of soap each time he bit but I personally don't agree with that.

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