My 6 month old insists on pulling hair and pinching faces while being held, or rocked, or fed. Anyone have any advice on how to get her to stop this? It actually really hurts!!My 6 month old insists on pulling hair and pinching faces while being held, or rocked, or fed. Anyone have any advice on how to get her to stop this? It actually really hurts!!

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Nora - posted on 03/08/2013

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my baby does the same thing too at first it was really cute because he would gently touch my face, now he grabs my lips puts his fingers in my nose then he'll get his arm swinging smacking himself and me in the meantime. I just repeatidly say ouch and then take his hand and pet my face and say gentle he'll get a lil frustrated but I just keep doing it over and over he's only 5months so he doesn't quite understand that its hurting mommy

April - posted on 01/17/2009

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my daughter did this from the time she was born.  we give her a blanky and she holds that when we feed her and rock her.  it really seems to help if they have something they can hold.

User - posted on 01/16/2009

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My 5 month old does the same thing, but my first never did.  Repetition is the only thing that I think will work.  Anytime my son does this, I say ouch and no tata (no touch) and even use the word gentle.  Enough times over and over again should show her.  Even making a sad face each time - without making her laugh - should help.  As soon as it seems like a game, she'll do it more.  At this age they are a little young to be "taught" anything in the traditional sense... it will take time and lots of repetition...

Nora - posted on 03/08/2013

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My son would do that it was very exhausting. Finally I just waited as long as possible to give him a bottle till he was really hungry then he ate the whole 8 ounces, even now he can go 3hrs without anything any longer than that he gets really fussy but I don't have a problem with him playing around with it anymore. Every now and then he will so I'll put the bottle away and try again in an hr he'll usually drink the whole thing then.

Jolene - posted on 01/20/2009

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My daughter does the same thing as well. Telling her to "Be nice" very sternly has helped her to stop doing it. 6 months is too young for pulling their hair back..but if they are still doing it when they are older I would try that. My sister had to start doing that with her daughter and it didn't take very long for her to quit!

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Faith - posted on 03/08/2013

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I am a young mother of two. while my girl (first born) was an angel as a baby, gentle and loved receiving hugs and kisses, My son (6 months) is a total opposite! he too pulls hair and scratches my face while also using his feet to dig into my body. I'm quite small in frame and my son is quite big and very very strong! he has been doing this from a early stage so i didn't think too seriously about trying to stop him. but now its starting to wear me out and i feel defeated when he's climbing all over me pulling my clothes, hair, face :/ the thing is he is very much a "mummys boy" so unless we want to add screaming and crying to the mix, I am the sole recipient of his "excitement" lol I Don't like to see my kids upset and though I make sure not to spoil them, I am guilty of laughing when he behaves like this because it makes him so excited. However! i am now writing this at 2.30am after spending most of the night with a very unsettled boy whose kicking and face pinching is not very funny anymore :( im starting to get frustrated, may be i am just very tired! is it too late to stop his madness :O

Brenda - posted on 01/17/2009

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Diversion and reiteration always worked best for me.  My son was horrible about pulling his own hair and everyone else's.  Just gently remove his hands and tell them that that is an OUCH and a No.  You can be firm when you say it or the other way is to just redirect the hands and ignore the action.  They are usually at that age just trying to figure out their surroundings, and to them hair is really fascinating.  My son was obsessed with strings and anything that dangled, so it was no surprise he went for my hair (which was well past my waiste at the time).  I can't say much for the pull their hair and they'll stop because I tried that with my son when he was older and it didn't work, he just went for my hair more often because I had done it to him, so we quickly stopped that punishment. 

Paulette - posted on 01/16/2009

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Quoting Kelly:



Good luck my 6 month old daughter does the same thing if you here how to stop her please let me know, also she eats 2 ounces and wants to sit up and play and then 15 minutes later will drink some more after an hour it's gone, any advise for this problem.






Hi Kelly, I think you could try the socks on the hands thing like I mentioned to Jenni. But the eating 2 ounces and wanting to play sounds like she either was not ready to eat quite yet. Or you need to feed her where she will be the least distracted. Like a rocking chair in her room or yours. She might need to be burped after 2 ounces still too. An outside idea to this is she has acid reflux and needs to be upright to get rid of burn/pressure and/or food with acid that has risen. I have experienced with my 2 children acid reflux....one had it up to the top of the throat and my 2nd did not projectile vomit like the typical. They did displayed other symptoms and they too wanted to stop eating. I would consider a change in the time you feed her like a half hour later, change to a room with the least distractions, burping after 2 ounces and if all else does not work then I would consider acid reflux as a possibility. Have a good night and take care.

Kelly - posted on 01/16/2009

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Good luck my 6 month old daughter does the same thing if you here how to stop her please let me know, also she eats 2 ounces and wants to sit up and play and then 15 minutes later will drink some more after an hour it's gone, any advise for this problem.

Kelly - posted on 01/16/2009

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Good luck my 6 month old daughter does the same thing if you here how to stop her please let me know, also she eats 2 ounces and wants to sit up and play and then 15 minutes later will drink some more after an hour it's gone, any advise for this problem.

Carissa - posted on 01/16/2009

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My son does this exact thing! I co-sleep with him, and this is how he enjoys waking me...but usually it is only when he is frustrated. I have been holding his hand and saying "gentle" when he does it. I think it is funny that other babies are doing this...

Paulette - posted on 01/16/2009

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Quoting Jenni:



It's so frustrating becuase it makes me not want to hold her, and that KILLS me.  I feel like a bad mommy!






Jenni, I hope you do not feel bad, we all have feelings like this. It is just the fustration speaking and is normal. =0)

Candi - posted on 01/16/2009

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"Repetition is the only thing that I think will work.  Anytime my son does this, I say ouch and no tata (no touch) and even use the word gentle.  Enough times over and over again should show her.  Even making a sad face each time - without making her laugh - should help."



Jennifer is right.  Hold her hands as you tell her "no" and "ouch" and make the face.  She'll eventually put two and two together that her hands are making you hurt.

Paulette - posted on 01/16/2009

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Hi Jenni, It sound like she needs something to pacify her. I would try a blanket (recieving or fleece..softer the better). My daughter likes the white cloth diapers to snuggle into when she is tired and ready for bed. If your hair is the length in the profile picture I would tie is back for a while till you have broken her of this habit. If it isn't there she can not use it to pacify herself. I would put socks on her hands (they should be long enough to go past her wrists), it will make pinching your face a hard thing to do. I hope these things have helped. Have a good night and take care.

Jenni - posted on 01/16/2009

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It's so frustrating becuase it makes me not want to hold her, and that KILLS me.  I feel like a bad mommy!

Torrie - posted on 01/16/2009

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I know this sounds mean, but the only way we got it to my son who did that too was to pull his hair a little when he did it...he stopped pretty quickly!

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