endless possibilities Due November 7; 6 kids; Tacoma, Washington 40890 posts
21st Mar '13

You know what proved to me that biting a kid, or showing them that biting doesn't hurt by having them bite themselves doesn't work? My twins. They bit each other ALL THE TIME. They clearly knew it hurt, but they did it anyway.
You just have to keep them apart and if you see him going in for a bite, give him something leather or that sort of texture to bite on and tell him "we do not bite people. Biting hurts." If you do that consistently, it will work.
Kids go through a developmental stage where biting feels really good to them when they are frustrated, some kids do it more than others, but it is super common and should be treated like any other behavior that isn't desired: 1. Keep them from hurting other kids however you have to. 2. Be consistent

At his age, that is all you can do. If you give it too much attention he is going to do it just to see your super fun reaction.

Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
22nd Mar '13

My son has accidently bit himself a few times before...he still bites haha...more so when he's teething.....but what got him to stop doing it like crazy was redirection.

You need to make the negative reaction stern but then follow with an exaggerated positive redirection. I would go " No that hurts Mommy ( sucks air through teeth)" then say " Is your mouth bothering you? LOOK TEETHER !" and clap and say yay when he bites on the teething ring. Pretty soon he was more anxious to bite on the teethin ring to get a better reaction....

So maybe your son is biting to get that just need to work with him

Stephanie Onyembi 2 kids; Duluth, Minnesota 1514 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting A❤T=P&W:" OP, what are your kid's doing right now?"

Sorry I haven't been on in a few days. To answer your question, they were sleeping. The point I was trying to get across to some people is that it doesn't matter if they are in my sight. If I'm not looking directly at my children, it can happen in a split second. They can be right in front of my face, if I'm looking at my book while I'm studying, or talking to my can happen that fast. So it won't necessarily stop just because they are right next to me. I don't think it makes me a bad mom for trying to protect one child from the other the fastest way I could think of. Someone said that "no good doctor would recommend physically hurting your children as a form of discipline." Well this "good doctor"...a PEDIATRITIAN, recommended that I put my 1 year old in his BED for a timeout. His bed should never be a negative place. So doctors aren't right about everything, it seems. My pediatritian also thinks that parents who are anti-vax are irresponsible parents. So I know there's plenty of you out there who don't agree with my pediatritian. I'm much more likely to take your advice seriously if you at least make it sound like you understand the frustrations I have (as any mom with this problem would), and then try to give constructive advice, like the last few posters did. I'm much less likely to take you seriously if you judge and call me a "failure as a mom" like someone else did. I'm a damn good mom, and I don't need approval from anyone. You don't know, I could do everything exactly like you when it comes to raising your children, but because I do ONE thing you don't agree with, I'm a failure. Hmm. That's a tad judgemental. Anyway, the biting has stopped. My 2 year old is healing, and the boys are learning to at least co-exist. And I'm slowly regaining my sanity.