I have a 17 mo old who has taken to hitting me and kicking me while nursing sometimes. It's like my LO is restless and can't be still. I know my LO understands when I say no, but the kicking and hitting persists. In addition to these sometimes restless nursing times, my LO also sometimes will hit his own head while nursing. It breaks my heart and I cannot understand why my LO is doing this. We practice sign language, even though we are all hearing, and when my LO hits myself or another family member I am very intentional to communicate no, that hurts and I sign and speak my feelings. My LO will even say no, as if it's understood that the behavior was unacceptable and will also sign "hurt," but the behavior persists. Sometimes when I say no, my LO will slowly but intentionally knock his head up against a hard surface, which is sometimes my head and other times the wall or fridge. I am very concerned and am wondering if this is some kind of strange phase or if it's something I should be more concerned about. The head banging is usually more abrupt against my own head, but more slow and test-like against other hard surfaces.... it seems to exclusively be done in fits of frustration, never just for the sake of trying it.
My child is otherwise developmentally doing very well. No delays. Plays very well with other children and pets. This behavior is pretty much exclusive to our family time. Oh, and we also do not hit to communicate discipline, so I don't know where this behavior came from! No day-care either, I'm a WAHM.
Please help or offer suggestions or advice.