How to stop biting...?

Alissa - posted on 04/13/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Me and my 19 month old son live in a house with my sister and her 16 month old, Rowan. Kieran (my son) has been biting her, sometime over a toy that he wants, others for seemingly no reason at all. I know he's teething but it can't be just that. I have tried everything. Time outs (1-3 minutes in the playpen alone), slapping his mouth firmly (but not enough to leave a mark), spanking him (diaper on) and I even tried (once) biting him back... Nothing has worked! So I just end up feeling mean. But Rowan now has bite marks all over her arm. I'll be sitting right with them but it'll be so random that I can't stop it and if I pull him off her arm, it'll only make it worse. I don't want Rowan thinking hurting is a way to get what you want either... And I definitely don't want her hurt.
Anyone have suggestions or opinions?

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