Biting your child is cruel. Inflicting pain on your baby for any reason is teaching her that you are no longer a safe comfort, but a source of
pain. Two wrongs don't make a right. All that accomplished is validating for her that biting is an acceptable way of expressing displeasure.
For her protection I will tell you what worked for us...
As soon as she bites, make an abrupt startling noise like clapping loudly
To get her attention. Say "no bite". Remove her immediately from the room, put her in a safe place like her crib or a designated timeout play yard, repeat repeat "no bite" and leave her by herself, shut the door to place emphasis on the fact that when she bites, she is separated from fun and attention. If you are diligent and repeat this every time, she will soon understand the relation between her behavior and being separated from the rest of the family (temporarily). This worked very quickly for us. Make sure she is getting plenty of praise and love and cuddles when she is chewing on a toy or teether. Positive reinforcement of good behavior works better than punishing bad behavior. After her time out make sure she cuddles the person she bit, so they make up, and she remembers why she was in timeout.
And please don't ever inflict pain on your child to teach her a lesson.View Thread
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