How do I stop my 1 year old from biting?

Christine - posted on 07/18/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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He only bites me, not my husband, not my family just me...

I tell him very sternly NO!!!! but he thinks this is funny and just laughs.

I then put him down and walk away, he cries I go back within a minute and he does it again, but with a big shi*t eating grin...he thinks my "NO's" are very humerous. How do I make him realize that no is NO!

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Kimberly - posted on 07/18/2009

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Seems as though he's doing it to get your attention. It might sound mean but,have you just tried ignoring him when he behaves this way?

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Atena - posted on 06/01/2013

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yeah huney, i see where youre coming from my son is 1 there past in march and he bite. i gave him a slap on the bum (but not so that it hurt him) and then he would cry and i would just let him, hes stopped now so i have no more teeth marks on my arm anymore haha! hope this helps you x

Betty - posted on 07/25/2009

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When he bites you just stick a chew toy in his mouth and tell him, "this is what you bite". Also if you stop the dramatic reactions he will likely move on and forget about the biteing. As a last resort try flicking him on the forehead because he won't know what is going on when it happens but he will learn that it only happens after he bites and eventually stop biteing.

Christine - posted on 07/25/2009

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Thank you for the tips and suggestions, I have thought about giving him a swat on the hand or biting back, but I don't want to encourage that kind negative behavior. I am afraid that if I do it he will think it is ok to do this to other kids if they hurt or upset him. I am not a fan of spanking but I am at wits end and in a lot of pain. Thank you for the supernanny link, Loureen, I will do what I can with explaining this to a one year old....

Charlie - posted on 07/18/2009

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putting him down is walking away is a great idea , but you have to be able to stay away let him cry it out and when he is ready and feeling sorry he will come back over to you , you HAVE to continue it every time he does it children need consitency . it takes longer than Biting or spanking ( i am not a fan ) but its teaching him without using acts of aggression ( which can teach him worse habits ) Melissa is right you have to have a Tone , one you only use when upset or angry .
check out this site for more ideas of Why children bite and how to solve the problem with being physically aggressive towards the child .
good luck Christine.

www.supernanny.com/Advice/-/Your-toddler/-/Toddler-care/Put-a-stop-to-biting.aspx

Melissa - posted on 07/18/2009

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Just keep in mind that spanking isn't always as effective but time outs against the wall is working for my 1 yr old. not as cruel either. I feel better. and it is stopping more and more. u also have to take THE TONE with them when you do it. one min. for every year they are

Leigha - posted on 07/18/2009

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My aunt (who is a very sweet person) said her mother would bite them, hard, when they started biting and that seemed to do the trick. It wasn't to be mean, but to show them that it hurts. I had the same problem with my daughter, but she would do it while nursing only she would clamp down and pull. It seriously hurt, especially since that is a sensitive area to begin with. I would try to disrupt her nursing and even giving her cheek a light flick, but every time she'd bite and I'd tell her no or cry out in pain she would laugh. I had to flick her very hard inside of her mouth (this actually happened by accident) and draw tears before she would stop. I don't know if you believe in giving smacks or not (some moms do and some are opposed) maybe that might do it or stop reacting to it. He may actually be playing with you and thinks that your reaction is part of the play. You might want to try that first. IF that doesn't work then (if you believe in smacks) give him a quick little swat to see if that works.

Kiara - posted on 07/18/2009

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I know the biting back seems mean, but it's worked for both my girls. Not done hard, but if you do it they really think about doing it to you.

Jessica - posted on 07/18/2009

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Well, this may sound ridiculous, but it is what I was told by several mothers that I know. But, bite him back, not enough to injure him, just enough to make him realize that it doesn't feel good. It worked with my son who is 13 months now, but he started biting me a couple months ago and when I bit him back, he gave me an extremely dirty look and then went away. After about 3-4 times of doing this, he finally stopped. Good luck to you!

Fania - posted on 07/18/2009

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Hi, try to redirect his behavior. Encourage him to him to kiss you instead of biting. explain to him that it makes you sad when he bites. Give him teething toys or pop cicles. Show him that there are things that is ok for him to bite and others that we shouldn't. Another thing that worked for was to show my boys books that focus on biting. Praise him when doesnt bite you or other ppl. Good Luck

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Bite him back. not hard to the point of tears, of course. My son has the same issue. and he's 1. I bite him back and he doesn't like it of course. It's a slow process but he bites me less.

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