Biting Mom

Newparent writes on July 14:

I hope that my daughter does not begin to bite others. She only bites me(mother).

Do you have advice for me? I have bruises on my arms, stomach and legs.

Thx.

You don’t tell me the age of your daughter but you do give the impression that she is still an infant because you call yourself newparent. Even with an infant it is important to make it clear that biting is not acceptable. When your daughter bites you move her away from you and clearly let her know that you don’t like being bitten. My then-infant son bit me on the shoulder once as I held him. I reacted putting him down and saying “ow!” While not being punitive, I made it clear that that behavior would not win him friends.

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