MY son is 1 year old and is getting the habbit of biting at first i thought it was because he was teething but he has 8 teeth top and bottom and seems to want to bite into everything and us when playing? How can i teach him not to do this?
Answer: Hi, To be honest this is not an uncommon behaviour in toddlers who are still learning what being social means and how to treat others. At his age and stage he honestly wouldn't know what hurt he is causing; most toddlers bite because they are so orally fixated, it feels good, gets an immediate response and "just because". This is not a sign that he will forever more be biting others but more than likely just a temporary stage which he will pass through like so many more on his way to being a grown up. Avoid biting him back or disciplining him too strongly; removing him from other kids and adults he's bitten or about to bite and trying to predict when he's going to sink his teeth in is wise. You may need to watch him like a hawk when he's with others, it's a fact that parents don't take kindly (understandably) to their child being bitten so you'll need to be mindful and perhaps warn them in case it may happen. Praise when your toddler is being gentle and kind and behaving well in social groups will also help. And make sure he's having a lot of textures in his foods so that he does have the opportunity to bite and chew appropriately. You may also find it useful to check the Huggies site information on teething and general toddler behaviour. Best Jane
Answered: 04 May 2014