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How can I stop DD from biting?

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NotAnotherNewNappy Mon 22-Jun-09 17:23:37

DD is 10m. She starts nursery next week and has just developed a biting habit. It's mostly around feeding (I am BF) - either biting my boob while feeding or my shoulder if she is trying to get to the boob. Yesterday she bit my leg as she was trying to climb over me.

I am obviously worried that she is going to bite her carer or - god forbid - another baby. How can I tell her off? She's so little.

At the moment I say "no" in a very loud voice (or even scream if she's on the boob) - but she doesn't seem too affected by that and sometimes even laughs at me. Help.

Supercherry Mon 22-Jun-09 20:20:38

Well, DS went through the biting phase from about 10mths to 15mths. We tried ignoring, a firm 'No', moving him away from us etc. None of this actually seemed to work but he doesn't really do it now so I think it's just another phase.

Your DD might only bite you or those close to her (lucky you!) as this is what DS did. He never bit another child- thank goodness.

Sorry if this isn't much help but just wanted you to know that it's a common phase which I think most toddlers go through at some point.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 22-Jun-09 20:23:50

I was about to start a thread about this. DS is 11 months and has just started biting in the last week.

He giggles and grins while he does it - it seems to be related to teething as well. It does seem to be a sign of affection, he only does it to me and DH.

Hope it doesn't go on too long though, his teeth are bloody sharp!

tartanmum Fri 03-Jul-09 21:22:33

I have 3 girls - 2 of them have been major biters. To cheer you up it will end.
We just did the "no" firmly thing plus naughty mat when they were a bit older. To be honest, both stopped when bitten by other children with sharp teeth!
Just make sure you tell the carer - they will have seen it all before.

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