My DS is 10.5 months, and a very affectionate happy little guy. He loves to see other babies and we have had play dates with a few new friends. Lately, he's been kind of excited and he tries to crawl on, grab, and kiss/bite other kids. Last week we went to a Parent and Me class, full of new kids and he kept trying to climb over and grab this one little boy. He's smiling and laughing and I of course say No and tell him we use gentle hands when we touch people, and we don't bite, but he doesn't understand! Today he met a new baby who is a little younger, and he crawled up to him real fast and put his face right into this other baby's face and tried to either bite or kiss him, which totally freaked that baby out and made him start screaming; then my DS proceeded to crawl-chase a two year old around the room which was pretty funny to watch, but sad because the two year old was kind of afraid of him. I don't want my kid to be the scary biter kid!
I think he's "kissing", coming at our faces with an open mouth, but then he bites once he makes contact; he bites our shoulders as well. He's also teething and puts EVERYTHING in his mouth, and already has 5 very sharp teeth.
Anytime this happens I always pull him away, I say no in a stern voice (if he pulls my glasses off or tries to grab the kitty), remind him to use gentle hands and soft touching and no biting, but I'm really not sure he's understanding me at all. He's always grabbing and pulling at my DH and I - our faces, climbing on us while we sit on the floor, pulling on my hair, pulling my glasses off (a BIG no-no!) and trying to eat the cat.
I don't want to discourage him being affectionate or friendly to other kids, but he seems to lack the caution most other babes have, and will just get all up in someones face!
What would you do??