NO, your kid is not the only one doing it!
As a mother and parent my self I know how this feels, but trust me when I say there are other parents out there concerned about their child’s biting behaviour.
Biting is a very common toddler behaviour, at one time allmost all children bite, luckily the majority will stop after being told to do so.
What I want to do in this post is go through some battle-tested, easy to implement tips to help you deal with toddler biting and of course stop it.
But first, let’s look at the different reasons why children bite so that you can better understand this behaviour.
Why do toddlers bite?
Before anything you need to realize that biting is one of your child’s forms of communication. Once you look at it this way, you’ll have no problem in figuring out how to stop your toddler from biting.
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There are a couple of different reasons children bite, they’re all mentioned below:
A lot of mothers don’t understand why they’re the ones that get bitten the most. The fact is that biting is a way for children to express their feelings, strangely enough that includes love too.
It’s their defence mechanism
Children often bite when they feel threatened or afraid. By the time they reach toddler age, children know that biting hurts, that’s why it’s very common for a child, especially if they can’t talk, to bite another child or even a sibling if their personal space is invaded.
They’re in need of attention
Biting is one of worst behaviours toddlers use to get the attention they want. When a toddler is feeling ignored, even negative attention like scolding or disciplining is okay.
Frustration and irritation
Biting in this situation happens because your child doesn’t have the capabilities to express how they feel through words. Your child my bite because he wants his favorite toy back, or maybe something has changed at home and he is feeling stressed. To bite is a way for him to tell you that somethings wrong and not necessarily to cause any harm.
One of the most common reasons for biting is teething, which causes the gums to swallow. Through biting, your child is able to reduce the pain teething causes. This mostly happens with babies and not so much with 2-3 years old toddlers.
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How to stop a toddler from biting?
Dealing with your child’s biting behaviour is actually not that hard and I’m gonna show you 5 ingenious solutions to stop him from biting himself of others.
1. When you see your child biting, calmly instruct him to stop. This shows your child that biting is not a good way of solving things. Most of the times this is all you need to stop a child from biting himself or others.
2. Intervene immediately. Quickly remove your child from the situation and focus on the victim. Let him know that the person who has been bitten gets all the attention and not the biter. If your child is calm ask him if he wants to comfort the “victim”.
3. Teach your child how to express himself. Once things start to calm down help your child to find other ways to express his feelings. This particularly works well with toddlers who bite to show their love or who use biting as a form of defence.
4. Use natural settings to teach your child about biting. The best example is when you see animals biting each other. Tell your child that animals bite because they can’t speak, ask him to imagine what they would say if they had the ability to talk.
5. What’s your take? I know I said 5 tips but I was actually hoping you’d help me out with this. So, I’m going to leave the 5th tip for you to share in the comment section below. I’m curious to see what you come up with.