We have started a small cooperative childcare with several other families.
We have an almost 3 yr old DD.
One of the other kids, who will be 2 yrs old in the fall, is a biter/pincher/grabber right now.
There are not really any signs that she will bite. It isn't out of frustration or over stimulation or anything aparent. She is just going through a biting stage and finds it fun right now.
We totally understand it is a stage, not done maliciously, and does not make the child bad. We do understand it is a stage that she will (hopefully soon) grow out of.
The issue is, my DD is getting bit. A few weeks ago she got bit on the arm so hard that it broke the skin a bit and left a bruise that lasted a week. Today she got bit on the face this morning. And by this evening you can still see distinct bite marks in the shape of a mouth!
How do we a) make sure kids get bit less; b) make my DD want to still be her friend and play with her and not just get scared of her or think shes a bad kid?
Our DD is very intelligent, very verbal, can be reasoned with. She is not aggressive. But she is still only just turning three. I just don't want her to lash out, think of the other kid as bad, or stop wanting to play with the other kid.
Edited to add:
the biter is watched quite closely. That is why she only gets her teeth into another kid about once or twice a week. Otherwise it would be 5-10 times a day. She really is quite an active biter/pincher at this stage.