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    Default 1yo biting

    DS won't stop biting everyone. He does it constantly.

    We are telling him "no" in a very firm voice. DH also thinks we should give him a "light tap" on the hand but I don't want to smack DS and I see it as hypocritical to punish violence with violence. I also give him something else he can bite if there's something around.

    Has anyone else had this problem? Will he grow out of it? Are we doing the right things?

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    DS was like that for about 3 weeks when he turned 1 as well, we just said no biting and put him down or moved him away ( distraction) and he stopped in a few weeks, they dont mean anything by it and they are too young to really understand so I'm sure he will stop soon! I read somewhere tapping a baby on the hand is one of the worst things to do as they use their hands for exploring and learning and by smacking their hands it makes them withdraw and can change their personality!!

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    My ds has just runed one and is doing the same thing. DH yelled at him for it the toher day (out of suprise) and he got SOOO upset. I guess cos it was a tone he had never heard before. He hasnt done it since
    I fairy sure at this age its just a exploratory thing so im not too worry about it, that and DS only has 6 teeth atm
    I think saying NO bitting firmly and distracting him is a good way to go.

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    When I worked with kids that age I used to say 'stop, biting hurts!' and move them away. They're not old enough to understand it hurts others, but if they get a negative reaction (moved away from everybody) after they do it it's usually enough to discourage them. Sometimes pretending to cry works, but it's a bit hit and miss at that age.


 

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