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Taking On the World One Bite At A Time

Posted Sep 01 2009 4:29pm
That's right, folks, we have a biter.

Will has decided that if something happens that he doesn't like (he is "forced" to share a toy, I tell him "no," etc.) then the best way to handle it is by using his teeth.

He has bitten me too many times to count, his father just once, and his best baby friend TWICE.

After extensive consultations with Dr. Google, and a real consultation with our own pediatrician, I have reached the following conclusions:

1) Biting is a normal developmental phase that many kids go through. Like any other forms of communication (crying or pushing), it is a toddler's way of letting you know that they are not happy with a situation.

2) Biting my be "normal," but it is seen as far worse by most parents than something else, like pushing (and I am sure I would feel the same way if my kid was the victim).

3) Biting the kid back is a major no-no, no matter what my parents, my in-laws, and about 50% of the people I talk to about it recommend.

4) He should be over it, like any phase, pretty soon. I can't wait.

In the meantime, I am just super diligent about recognizing when he is about to use his teeth for evil. If I see that he starts to open his mouth, I am on it like white on rice. If he actually uses said teeth, it is a stern NO and a removal from the situation.

How about any of you out there? Any biters? Any advice?
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