Toddlers may become a biter for many different reasons. Biting is common among toddlers of below three years of age. Children act differently as they learn to challenge their limits and express themselves. I have come to an understanding that while some children bite, others kick, bite, or even have tantrums. Biting is a phase in childhood development that toddlers eventually outgrow. If parents understand the cause of their toddler biting behavior, they can help them end it altogether.
TO COMMUNICATE, SATISFY A NEED, AND COPE WITH CHALLENGES.
When your child stays and plays with other toddlers who bite, he/she can develop the habit. Children learn through imitation. A child may also bite because of harsh punishment, violence, and harshness from the adults around them. Toddlers bite to seek attention. Strong emotions like fear, anger, and frustration are complicated for a toddler to express since they have not developed language. In such a case, a toddler may bite to make me attend to him. Toddlers also bite to as a way of exploring new objects like toys. Toddlers bite every object that interest because they learn through senses. Toddlers may bite to relieve teething pain. Teething starts at around five months, and children are prompted to bite to soothe the swollen and tender gums.
Strategies to Prevent Biting
Practicing prevention has proved essential in my effort to help a child not be a biter. I provide teething toddlers with a teething ring or a clean cloth to bite on other than biting on people’s hands and dirty objects. Toddlers should be kept out of situations that irritate them to the extent of biting. For instance, if a baby is not comfortable among strangers, I could keep him/ her room with toys and a person he/she knows. Take care of the baby’s needs like feeding and sleeping on time to encourage predictability and consistency. When a toddler is aware of what happens next, they are less likely to be stressed, hence preventing biting.
I like engaging toddlers in activities and play to distract them. Playing improves the mood of your toddler and helps them relax. Encourage activities that your toddler enjoys, teach them how to color or dance. Toddler of this age is easily distracted, which could help them forget to bite and make them confident and feel approved. Reminding the toddlers what is expected of them also helps prevent biting. You should make it clear to your baby that biting is unacceptable and tell them politely every time they repeat it. Lengthy explanations are not necessary until a child is old enough to understand.
Ways to Encourage Toddler Not To Bite
Using direct expressions like o biting’ is easier for a toddler to understand and respond. The toddler eventually learns what the term means when it is repeated every time they bite. Maintaining eye contact while giving the toddler a corrective statement helps them understand the impact of the behavior is in question. I ignore when a toddler bites to seek attention also which helps to teach the child that biting is not a guarantee for reward. Walking out on a toddler instead of awarding him with cuddles helps the baby mature emotionally.
We should take time to examine the reason why their toddler may be biting. Dealing with the cause may help eliminate being a biter. Making things exciting in the house, maintain a specific routine, reading to your toddler and allow them to can help reduce boredom and frustration that can be a cause of biting. Providing clean toys to rub the gum when a toddler is teething would count as a treatment for the underlying issue as well. You can offer more quality time to the toddler to endure they do not seek to feel desperate for attention.
Encouraging your toddler to share toys and other personal items can help with stop them from being a biter. Children who are not accustomed to sharing are more likely to bite when another baby uses their toys. Set a limit of how long each of the children can handle a particular toy if there is not enough for all the children present. If a baby has reached a reading age. I would recommend buying them books that discourage biting and read out to them. For as much as it is a bad habit, I do not encourage the habit of labeling toddlers and identifying them with the habit.