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Toddlers Bite

by Nikki Montgomery

My sister is babysitting my daughters today and she sent me this picture...my 2 year old Mia bit her almost 2 year old Riley over a toy. 

It is normal for toddlers to bite, but why do they bite? There are many reasons, but one of the most common ones is because they don't know how to vocalize what they're feeling. In this case Mia didn't know how to ask Riley to share the toy.

How to prevent biting? If you see it coming you can try to distract your toddler, but that's not very likely because toddlers act fast. You're most likely going to deal with this after the fact so remain calm, speak in a firm voice and tell your child, "No biting. Biting hurts." Then turn your attention to the child who was bitten. Giving too much attention to the biter even though it is negative attention could send mixed messages. Turning your attention to the hurt child also teaches empathy. Before resuming normal activities talk to the biter and tell them what they should have done instead of biting and hurting the other child. Finally help them move on by asking them what they would like to play.

All these phases that toddlers go through can be stressful, but it doesn't last long.

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