How do i get my 15month old to stop biting?

Ashley - posted on 08/04/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 15 month old bites the other 12month old lil boy at hs day care like well ill round it to like 3 times a week and hes also bitten my lil godchild whose 7months older, i dont get it. ive tried biting back and spanking his hand and it doesnt work.!

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Ashley - posted on 08/04/2009

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When my first started the biting thing I bite him back once and he never bit again but with my second it didn't matter to him if I bit him or not. So I made him bite himself when he had the urge to bite. It took a couple of times of him biteing himself but he soon realized it hurt and he stopped.

Kylie - posted on 08/04/2009

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Never hit a child in the face or bite them back especially a 15 month old! it's a difficult age as he hasn't got the language skills to communicate his feelings yet. You need to watch him closely when hes around other children, when he is being nice praise him let him know that good behavior is what gets the attention. The reason many children bite is for attention, to release pent-up anger, to control a situation, to show power, or to win a toy squabble, so if you see a situation building up, jump in and talk for your LO. eg "you don't' want Lily to play next to you? o.k. well we will go over there then let's take this toy and play with it on that mat" and lead him away. If you do miss a bite pick him straight up say firmly no biting! and put him in a room where there are no kids or toys for 1 minuet. If you let him know biting is not acceptable and teach him better ways to get what he wants the aggressive behaviors will lessen once the he is old enough to communicate by words instead of actions.

Danielle - posted on 08/04/2009

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I don't recommend the soap thing........or really the biting back thing. (it just teaches them that they can repeat a behavior that maybe another kid does to them) I swear by time-outs. Next time he bites someone tell him that next time he bites someone he will sit in timeout. Sit him in timeout if he does it again (a minute for every year he is old). If he gets up from timeout, tell him he is in timeout and set him back down (have a specific spot for timeouts). Everytime he gets up after that, dont say a word, just set him back in the spot. The minutes start over everytime you have to put him back. It can get tedious for you but you HAVE to stay consistent and not give up! You are the parent and he needs to know you are boss! When he has successfully sat there for the allotted amount of time, stand him up, get down on his level, tell him why you sat him in time and tell him that the behavior is unacceptable and make him say he's sorry. I SWEAR it works for any behavior you want to curve!!!!!! It works better on my son than spanking does!!!! Good luck!!!

Dawn - posted on 08/04/2009

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I agree. My son used to bite everyone until ne day my mom told me to bite him back. he never bit anyone again. Apparently I was abit of a biter when I was a kid too!

Holly - posted on 08/04/2009

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Bite them back. not hard obiviously but they have to know how it feels. it works too

Jaime - posted on 08/04/2009

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I tried the "biting the soap" thing and it didn't work too well despite my Grandma swearing by it...I had to break down and do a tiny squirt of liquid soap! It only took one time and a stern "no biting".

Heaher - posted on 08/04/2009

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When my son started biting we would bite him back and pop him in the mouth. Not real hard, but hard enough he felt it....luckily it worked...because he doesn't bite anymore....but all kids are different...it's just trial and error! Hang in there!

User - posted on 08/04/2009

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Slap the childs mouth, not too hard but enough so that his mouth hurts. Over some time, not long at all, he will realize that biting hurts because his mouth hurts!



My daughter stopped bitting after two weeks!

Randi - posted on 08/04/2009

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I did what nicole did, the first time my son bit me I bit him back hard enough that he never did it again and he has never bit another child. He is 3 1/2 now and that first bite was shortly before or after his first b day.

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Thats something they will have to grow out of, but at the sametime you need to be very tough of him to let him know this is a serious matter. My son went throught the samething...getting in trouble in daycare, which they almost sent him out because the other parents were complaining. I wish the best!

Nicole - posted on 08/04/2009

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i bit my kids really hard and they didn't do it again! maybe keep biting back and maybe he'll stop. other wise maybe try soap let him bit on a piece of soap or something he won't like Lemons limes ect....

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