How do I discipline a 10 month old?

Crystal - posted on 01/22/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son will be 10 months on January 25th 2014. This past week he has been slapping me in the face, scratching my neck and he tries to bite me. This only occurs at bedtime. This is our routine : we have supper between 4:30-5:15pm, then after supper we allow him to play for a bit and either myself or my husband will play with him while the other parent is cleaning up from supper, then 6:00pm it's bath time, after bath we allow him to play a bit more. He also plays in the bath tub and he loves water. At 6:55pm, I give him Farley cookie then 7:05pm we go into his room, change his diaper if it needs to be changed, give him his bottle… he drinks a bit then pushes the bottle away…then I read him a story…after the story he finishes his bottle of formula and if he still wants more milk I gave him a small bottle of homo milk. After this is done he will either take his soother and fall asleep right away on me so then I wait a few minutes and then put him in his crib and if he doesn't fall asleep right away this is when he will start hitting me in the face, biting my shoulder or scratching me. Last night for example…he put his head on my shoulder and I was rubbing his back and all of a sudden he bit my shoulder. I raised my voice and told him that was nice. I don't usually raise my voice but he caught me off guard and this is the first time he did this. It was an instant reaction has he hurt me and I was not expecting him to bite. And sometimes he will slap me in the face. I tell him "no" that it hurts it and I move his hand. But he keeps doing it until he gets tired of me moving his hand and saying "no" to him. Any suggestions on how I can deal with this?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/22/2014

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It can be frustrating, because you expect understanding to happen. I promise that...LOL...this is only the beginning of the frustration! But, it's all worth it, and 18 or so years from now, you'll be missing these cuddly days.

Hang in there! Mine are on the other end of the spectrum now...I miss my babies!

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/22/2014

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Patience and gentle but consistent redirection at this age.

"he keeps doing it until he gets tired of me moving his hand"..EXACTLY. You are teaching him that you will not allow the behaviour, nor will you give in to him.

You ARE dealing with it, and very well ;-) Keep up the good work!

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