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how do you stop biting?

my 8mth old has two bottom teeth. and he bites every time he comes in contact with anyones body part. biting for nursing, arms when you hold him, shoulders, feet, hands, necks. anything. and when i firmly tell him "no bite' he laughs and does it again. how do you stop it?


Asked by anothergage at 8:09 PM on Mar. 15, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I read somewhere that when they bite you issue a firm no and then stop them from feeding. Once they figure out if they bite the feeding will stop then they will learn to stop biting. I don't think its ridiculous to not want your baby to bite on your boobs! That hurts!

    Answer by MFax at 9:37 PM on Mar. 16, 2009

  • Babies also have hands which clasp involuntarily, and we simply learn to NOT wear hoop earrings and to avoid allowing problems to get within their reach.

    How to stop it?

    ... :-) NOT by talking !!! Just deal with it physically & matter-of-factly - like you would deal with anything else that is involuntary. When nursing, you rest your finger unnoticeably at the corner of his mouth so you can instantly unlatch his jaw if it starts to bite. Babies who are teething have a natural need to bite down. They are not being "naughty", and scolding is ridiculous. When he laughs, he is responding with delight to your interesting behavior, just like when you play peek-a-boo and pop your head into view.

    Make sure he has plenty of good "bite-able" things, and keep stuff that can't be bitten out of the way .... exactly the same as you keep away things he should not grab.


    Answer by waldorfmom at 8:41 PM on Mar. 15, 2009

  • An 8 month old doesn't understand "no bite"! He's teething, give him a teether.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:50 PM on Mar. 15, 2009