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To be bloody bewildered as to why I deserve this

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polkadotsrock Sun 19-May-13 19:01:32

DS, 18 months, grabs my face and bites my arms. No one else but me. Everyone comments on how well behaved he is out of home, gentle and tolerant at tots group etc. I walk home all smug and the devil takes a chunk out of my arm. From nowhere. Why DS, just why????

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 19-May-13 19:04:20

Don't worry. DD used to do this then transferred her 'affection' to DH. Bide your time.

If you want actual advice, put her down and walk away when she does it, saying, "no bite".

thegreylady Sun 19-May-13 19:05:44

He loves you soooo much-he thinks you are good enough to eat grin.You are the source of his food therefore,logically, you may well be food.

polkadotsrock Sun 19-May-13 19:06:58

I've tried everything so biding my time it is I think. I hope he has all his teeth when it transfers to DH...

polkadotsrock Sun 19-May-13 19:07:57

I like where your heads at greylady

SillyBlueHat Sun 19-May-13 19:20:09

It sounds like he is trying to show affection. Maybe give him exaggerated kisses and show him how it should be done

DoJo Sun 19-May-13 22:56:19

^ This ^
After some advice received on here and elsewhere, whenever my son came towards me with his 'biting' face on, I would swoop him up and say 'Don't bite me - give me a cuddle instead' and keep squeezing him until the urge had passed. He still occasionally gives me a little nibble, but it's gone from a daily assault on any section of skin he could get his little teeth into to a once in a while thing which is easily remedied with a big squash.

polkadotsrock Mon 20-May-13 07:43:23

Thanks DoJo, worth a try!!

TheFallenNinja Mon 20-May-13 07:45:35

Mums taste better than dads (slugs and snails etc)

TenaciousOne Mon 20-May-13 08:32:42

DS does this to me as well. It used to be anywhere he could sink his teeth in to me, he hasn't done it for a couple of months which coincides strangely with giving proper kisses.

EldritchCleavage Mon 20-May-13 12:22:38

DD is a pincher, though she nips too. Only me. I decided it was because she just loves my squidgy flesh. Biting skinny DH and DS wouldn't be nearly so satisfying.

Not that I'm calling you squidgey, OP!

Solari Mon 20-May-13 12:26:09

I do think there is an undercurrent of expressing affection behind it, which seems really bizarre, but maybe not to our animal brain!

I know I do get the urge to pinch my little boy's cheeks (gently!), and even bite him playfully while making growl sounds (while he squeals and laughs). It does feel like expressing very primal affection.

However, he has now grown his own teeth, and isn't quite as gentle as I am!

Damnautocorrect Mon 20-May-13 12:28:13

I used to use a high pitched squeak to get my ds to stop hurting me. I always wandered if a small child had actually done some proper damage to their parent?!

MrsKoala Mon 20-May-13 12:31:39

My 8mo DS is an absolute beast to me, no one else. He grabs handfuls of hair and pulls my face towards him, he then bites my cheek, nose or chin. He has top and bottom teeth so often marks and draws blood. When i tell him off he laughs confused

I have also had to stop bfing this week as he bites my nipple so hard and has stopped drinking entirely sad

AmberLeaf Mon 20-May-13 12:32:04

My son went through a biting stage, it was generally caused by getting all happy and excited about something, he'd be all cuteness and smiles, then...crunch! I had many bruises on my arms and belly a few times.

If he starts to bite and hang on with his teeth, the best way to get him off, is to push his face into you, sounds awful, but he will let go quicker. I only learnt this recently, never done it myself, but it was advice for someone with an autistic child that bit lots from a paediatrician.

AmberLeaf Mon 20-May-13 12:33:31

damnautocorrect, I used to know a man whos baby girl bit on the nose and punctured his skin with the top and bottom two teeth!

His nose looked awful.

polkadotsrock Mon 20-May-13 12:34:36

It bloody hurts, two bruised arms after yesterday's onslaught. It's ok Eldritch, I'll confess to being a touch on the squidgy side.
I have gone for the DoJo 'give me a cuddle option' three times so far this morning- he's confused but distracted so in that sense it helps

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