No. I really don't want to.
I gather that people believe it will teach them not to bite, because they think if the child understands that it hurts, they'll stop. And technically, if the child is old enough to understand, yes, perhaps it will work.
But my daughter is 18 months old, and I am lead to understand she doesn't yet fathom that there is a universe outside herself.
I have had so many people/friends tell me to bite her back this week.
My arms have bruises all over, and when I said I hated the idea of hurting her, and potentially bruising her, my friend said 'look at *your* arms?!'.
Anyway... What methods do you lovely hubbers use to discourage biting?
She bit another girl in the playground the other day and I was mortified and just apologized and left. (It's no excuse, but it was unlike her, and the girl she bit had hit her in the face leading up to the bite).
I was saying 'No! No biting.' and putting her down. It was not working, she was trying to get out of my arms when she bit, so it was getting her what she wanted. So the last 2 days I have shown her my bite, and told her 'ouch! Mummy is so sad. That really hurt!' to which she kisses my ouch and pats me, and hugs me. The biting has reduced a tad, but I'm still concerned about when/if (please no!) she bites a friend again.