It’s no surprise that toddlers bite, but my toddlers… well little lady has been known to give hugs with a bite or or two but that seriously stopped during the summer.
Now little man has suddenly felt the urge to chomp on his little sister. Take a look at the following picture I’ve tried to lighten the area so you can see it’s not just any bites they are huge painful bites. This was one of the first i witnessed. It all happened over not sharing a toy. I was shocked and all i could do was send little man to his bed as i tried to figure out what to do. Of course i snapped a picture and sent it over to the hubs via iPhone with a caption WHAT DO I DO?
Yes, I panicked!
we tried to talk it over with him and he was definitely on punishment from anything fun but i still felt that wasn’t enough but hoped it wouldn’t happen again.
Then today, he bite her arm this time over a shirt but still as i removed the shirt i saw teeth marks. I don’t know why this one happened this time since there weren’t any toys around. I was confused but again sent little man to his bed as i shouted “you don’t bite that’s not nice”
Now here I am wondering if this is really a phase(like little lady) or if we have a bigger problem. Especially since i can’t recall little man biting …EVER!
My family would have gone to the extreme of punishment. Although i know it would work, i don’t think I’m ready to try that route. Basically, my grandmother would feel that if you had such the urge to bite into another person that you might as well bite into a Jalapeño- Or a nice swig of hot sauce to get your mouth burning Ya i don’t think so. Not yet at least heehee!
My Husband’s family believes in an old fashion spanking. I’m not against spanking but little man was spanked before and he now feels he must raise his hands over his head every time we get strict with him. Not a good look if you ask me.
This other article was by the super nanny team you the THE SUPER NANNY. I’m not a huge fan but from the show that lady sure has some patients. I truly admire that.
The article was titled “Put a stop to biting”
Here is a little of what I learned
Why do they bite?
Well they provided 5 reasons for why they might be biting 2 of which i think may be little man’s reason.
Expressing emotion– he has been hugging little lady very tight and it could be he is trying to show her love and has chose to bite not knowing he is causing pain.
Defending- he did have a toy in his hand the first time i saw him biting.
Frustrated or irritated
How to stop it ?
These are the 4 top things i can do to stop it.
Intervene: Trying to predict when this is gonna happen again is going to be hard but if i can help it i will
Teach them it’s wrong-well i think saying “no don’t bite that’s not nice” was a good start right?
Teach them to express themselves- I think we already do this but i will definitely look into how toddlers can express themselves.
Reduce the effectiveness- He definitely didn’t get any attention after biting so i can say this one is pretty much out.
How did you/or your family deal with toddler biting? Any advice?
Happy Tuesday everyone!