almost 3yo hitting us - how to handle it when alone with him
One of the things that worked best with me with my son, who did this for a couple months, was to get fast enough/good enough at anticipating that I could catch his arm mid swing *before* he made contact, get on his level and look him in the eye, and say, "NO." while I was holding onto his arm. Then maybe something about I don't want to be hit. I wasn't menacing, but I was clear that this was not OK, it wasn't a game, but it wasn't an over the top reaction that was funny to him at all. I would give him alternatives to whatever emotion he might be feeling (anger - throw a balled up sock, hit a pillow), excitement (high five, belly bump) ). I only would put space between us if he kept at it, which only happened a couple times. Usually the "mama animal" thing worked...you know, mama animals can be so nurturing and kind, but if the baby goes to far, they are all business letting the baby know it. lol.