My Toddler is biting!

My toddlerhas started BITING!Since Miss Annabelle was born and my eyes fell upon her pink squishy cheeks and her mop of brown hair, I knew she was going to be trouble. Cute but troublesome all the same. That knowledge has not wavered because she has pressed every single button a child can press on a parent and every phase your child will go through, to date, she’s ticking them off. Her latest ‘phase’ is biting.

How it started I cannot say, all I know that it’s only just started and I’ve been thinking how & where she could have picked it up from. My only assumption so far is that maybe she’s picked it up from Paw Patrol. Her latest TV show fad. I mean, she’s started putting things in her mouth & offering them to me {like a puppy} and even getting on all fours and barking, so why not assume the biting spawned from that too?
DSC_3712-2Who knows, but Paw Patrol is all I have to pinpoint her fascination with biting at the moment and can I just say, she keeps going for the bum! Is that weird? It’s weird, right? I don’t think she’s doing is maliciously {thankfully} , I just don’t think she’s aware that it’s not a nice thing to do. So we’re working on that in a hope she takes it in.

Toddlers are funny little sponges and love testing boundaries, learning whats right, whats wrong etc. So I’m hoping sometime in the not so distant future she’ll realise biting is wrong before it escalates into a fully fledged issue.

Has your child went through the biting phase? How did you handle it? 

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  1. Jess
    01/11/2015 / 12:04 PM

    Oh no! I know its really common for toddlers to go through this, luckily Abbie hasn’t yet got here, although she does have a tendency to scream bloody murder at every chance at the moment. Why can’t they be easy? Haha. Hope the phase passes quickly for you, I know a lot of the time it’s down to frustration with them not being able to talk properly yet! x

  2. 01/11/2015 / 4:32 PM

    We had a very similar phase with Olly where he bit me and it ever so slightly broke the skin and he saw how upset I was by it (more shock than pain) he hasn’t done it again. He’s gone to nip me (attention seeking I think) and he’s been told off about it and fingers crossed he’s not done anything since. Hope she comes out of the phase quickly Debs xx

  3. 01/11/2015 / 7:06 PM

    I think it is a phase they go through. Sienna has never attempted to bite anyone else but she bites herself when she’s angry. I’ve tried to ignore and luckily the past few weeks she hasn’t done it so I’m hoping she has stopped and it didn’t get the reaction she wanted! x

  4. 01/11/2015 / 9:37 PM

    The baby bite me once, it seemed to me he was trying to kiss me, since he just opens his mouth and places his lips on my skin for kisses. He does the same when he blows raspberries, which is too cute. But he clamped down hard and I yelped and scared him. I think the best route for any unwelcome do behavior is a a calm firm no and redirecting. Any theatrics seems to encourage them, since they really don’t differentiate between good and bad attention.

  5. 01/11/2015 / 9:43 PM

    I think as long as you give her a firm no and redirect her attention, it should stop. Big reactions don’t tend to register with them as negative attention. They don’t know the difference, attention is attention to them.

  6. 01/11/2015 / 11:28 PM

    I’ve got no solid advice here but whenever Athena starts doing something regularly that’s not ideal (pushing or slapping) I try and explain why it’s not nice to do it, it hurts people etc. Sometimes it works and we get a sorry and other times its like water off a ducks back! Hopefully it’ll be avery short lived phase and your bum will be your own again soon! 😉

  7. 02/11/2015 / 10:16 AM

    Oh no! Pickle loves Paw Patrol too but isn’t biting (yet!) he copies everything else so I’ll
    Look out for this. I’m sure it’s just a phase! Kaz x

  8. 02/11/2015 / 11:08 AM

    oh no, I feel your pain though, I’ve been there before. I have a lively toddler who likes to throw everything which is great until you’re in a restaurant. As for the biting then the only advice I can give (with my work hat on) is to lots of attention to the person who’s been bitten and completely ignore her. Any attention is good attention in the eyes of a toddler!

  9. 06/11/2015 / 3:19 AM

    My daughter is going through a hitting phase (she is 18 months old). We keep telling her it is not nice but we’re not sure she understands yet. My bf chooses to keep telling her, ‘no’ when she his him, but that only makes her do it more (I think because she is getting attention). When she hits me I make a sad face and say ‘ouch Liana, that hurts mummy’, and she takes my face in her hands and kisses me and then attempts to rub my back (I often rub get back to make her feel better). I’m hoping if she understands that hitting can hurt that she will stop doing it altogether.

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