Anyone know how to make a 10 month old baby stop biting?

Sara - posted on 01/01/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




I say no bite and he continues to bite. I have to pick him up and move him away from me and he gets upset. But rest assured he will bite again when he feels like it. I do not think he bites out of frustration, he is being playful I think, but really chomps down on me leaving bruises. I do not think he is teething. He has 5 teeth now and if he is teething, it nevers stops. He has not pulled on his ears in a while which was the only real sign he is teething, he sometimes gets fussy but I am not always able to tell if he is bothered by his teeth or if it something else. Yesterday he really hurt me and I could have cried; which I will try today when he attacks me.

Sometimes I wonder if he is kissing me, but I know he isn't. Although at bathtime I pick up his a toy animal and kiss it (saying"muah") and tell him "now give the monkey kisses". He opens his mouth wide and practically puts the head in his mouth and evetually bites down. So now I am afraid he may associate kissing with biting. When I ask for a kiss he eventually uses his teeth a little but not like he does when he chomps down on my leg. He also bites down on my pant leg only and pulls the fabric away making a grunting sound.

I have read other forums and feel like I need direct reponse from moms. If anyone can help me that would be awesome. I am to the point where I may bite back but I know he is too young. Would a time out really work at this age? I fear he will bite someone else and even a baby from his playdate group.

Thanks for your advice!

(Sorry for the long post.)

Happy New Year :)


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Is he only biting you when nursing? Or at other times? For biting when nursing, I would immediately unlatch him and put him straight on the floor. No fuss, no messing around. He will soon get the picture.
If he is biting at other times, I think I would slap his leg every time he bites so that he associates it with pain. If you don't agree with giving him a slap, then I don't know what else to suggest.

Lacye - posted on 01/01/2013




At this age, time outs are useless. He will not understand why you have put him into time out. I guess the best thing to do is if you are holding him when he does it, put him down and walk away. While you are putting him down, say "Ow that hurt". If you are already doing this, then you are doing the right thing.

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