It happens so fast, that we can’t stop it! We think it happens for no reason at all! What is it you ask? IT’S A TODDLER WHO BITES! Not every parent will experience a biter, but it is important to understand why and when it does.
Biting is an age appropriate behavior that can be very frustrating to a parent, and the parents of the child who was bit. Biting is most common among older infants and can occur without warning. Children at this stage of development may be teething and biting into anything gives them a form of relief. Toddlers also may bite because they cannot express their wants and needs, they may be seeking attention, may be stressed, frustrated, feeling threatened, over excited, or even bored. The most common time of day that we have found children biting their friends is the late morning. Our children are getting hungry and sleepy and may act out.
On the surface, we may not be able to discover the root cause as to why a toddler is biting. We need to look at the bigger picture and focus on what was happening before, during and after the behavior. Children need to be taught empathy, and when they bite their friends it is a perfect time to teach them that skill. If your child bit his or her friend, allow them to hold an ice pack on the injured child. Talk to your child about how it made their friend sad and that it hurt them.
It is also important to be aware of any environmental factors that could be contributing to toddlers biting each other. Look at the environment your child is in and see if it is too crowded. Your children should have enough room to move and play. Taking the necessary steps in being proactive can result in easier handling of biting situations that may arise.