My little one, Alex 10 months, is massively into digging his nails into me and grabbing and squeezing flesh - on my face, breasts (while nursing!), neck, arm - anywhere he can find skin, really. Sometimes he looks like he thinks it is fun (though not often), other times it seems very absent-minded of him, if that makes sense - like he doesn't even realise he's doing it - or at other times he seems very determined when he's doing it. It varies! I tell him it hurts and stop him or distract him into doing something else, or move him into a position where he can't get at flesh. But he just won't stop! And it really really really hurts! I do get frustrated with him about it and think that's making it worse - few loud ouches from me and he thinks that's fascinating. But I don't know what to do. He does it do my husband as well, and now he has started doing it do other babies - along with trying to poke their eyes and pull their hair, of course! Grrrrr. I assume it's a phase but should I be doing anything else to try and get him to stop? Id on't want this to continue forever! (Visions of him in college pinching his profs, heh...)
Any advice appreciated.