Does anybody have any trouble with their 2 year old chewing on books or crayons? Any ideas how to get her to stop?

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Our daughter has finally quit chewing on books (17 months old) but she does love those washable crayons, they must be made of vegetable oil because our dog loves them too. I typically sit near her when she is using them and when it heads to her mouth I tell her, "no thank you, ucky" it's funny because now she'll put it towards her mouth look at me and shake her head no. I agree with her and say "that's right, no eating crayons" and she'll go back to coloring but if I'm busy that crayon is in her mouth pronto. I then take it away and tell her "no thank you" and put it away, no more coloring. She's getting better but I have to keep an eagle eye on the project, which means we still have quite a few crayons with no tops :-) ha ha

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Amy - posted on 02/14/2009

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Thank you all for your suggestions. I always end up taking them away or replacing crayons, but not the books.. I guess I'll just have to keep working with my daughter on chewing up these stuff..

Chrissy - posted on 02/11/2009

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I have a 19 month old daughter and she still chews on EVERYTHING. I can't wait for the day when she out grows it!

Jennifer - posted on 02/11/2009

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One thing I did with the crayons, I bought the twist up ones. So most of it is covered in hard plastic. I would keep the put up until it was coloring time. My daughter didn't really chew on that kind.

Jana - posted on 02/08/2009

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I don't know what type of books you're talking about, but my daugher would chew the spine of the board books.  I covered them in clear contact paper and she rarely chews on them now.  Plus when I did catch her chewing on books I told her that books are not to eat, and I took the book away from her.  She would just pick up another book and "read" it just fine.  Good luck I hope you find something that works for you.

Brenda - posted on 02/08/2009

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Unfortunately, some children are chewers.  My son is 3 1/2 and we still can't keep crayons for more than a day or two before he chews/eats them.  I talked to my doc about it when he was two, two and a half, and she said some kids continue to chew until they're four or five.  I just stopped buying crayons for him except on rare occasions, and though he's gotten better he still hasn't stopped.  He was horrible on books to the point I didn't keep any where he could readily reach them.  He's slowly gained an interest in reading so his book chewing has lessened but even now almost every book has at least one set of teeth marks on it.  I wish I could offer you a solution, but I really just wanted to let you know that you aren't alone with this problem.  I have had some success keeping small snacky foods around like crackers and animal crackers and stuff like that that he can gnaw on throughout the day when he needs something to chew on.  Making sure they have alternative things to chew on and switching the book/crayons for something more appropriate is really the best solution I've come up with.  I tried time outs, taking it away, and its just a habit at this point that he'll grow out of according to his doctor.  She tells me I'm just lucky...LOL.

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