Does anybody know what I can do about a biteing 1 year old?

Megan - posted on 04/11/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




My daughter is just over a year old and she has a problem with biteing me, and my neice whenever she gets mad or when I tell her she's not allowed to do something. I am worried that she wont get out of this habbit, and I'm scared to leave her alone with any other kids....anyone know what I can do?? Please help!


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Kaitlin - posted on 04/11/2012




we did similar things as the below post. We also did a lot of positive encouraging of 'kissing only!' (we had newborn and a 12 month old teething kiddo- you do the math, lol). With the boys I tap their lips when they bit me (or someone else) and say no biting, kissing only! (tap, not spank, just so they get that what they are doing with their mouths are not appropriate) and then redirect to something else completely. Hope it helps. Do the same thing over and over and over. It won't go away overnight, it takes time and consistancy and patience (sigh).

Elfrieda - posted on 04/11/2012




My son had a short biting phase, too. It was a combination of teething, lack of impulse control, and frustration. (If he was mad he might bite, but even if he was playing and his mouth came onto soft skin, he would also bite!)

For him, he's a very social person, so I warned him if he was blowing raspberries on my arm "Remember, no biting Mama!", or if he was angry I'd say, "You are angry. I won't let you bite me. No biting." and if he did I'd put him down and ignore him for a bit. That was the worst punishment in the world to him, the lack of attention. He stopped as soon as those teeth were in.

I'm not sure if that will work for your daughter, but it might be worth a try.

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