How to stop biting...? Tried everything I can think of.

Alissa - posted on 04/13/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




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?


Dove - posted on 04/13/2013




First of all, stop hitting and biting him for being a normal toddler. Teach her to yell 'No' at him... which probably won't stop the biting, but will give you a chance to intervene. Just be consistent telling him no biting and moving him away from her whenever it happens... time out is fine, especially if he can see HER getting to still play and have fun but he doesn't get to for a bit. It's a phase that won't last forever. It might SEEM like it will right now, but it won't.


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Amy - posted on 04/13/2013




I would also like to say toddlers hate to be ignored so if you tend to the victim, over the top attention and ignore the one causing the pain it may make him stop because he's no longer getting the attention he wants.

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