He started biting hard at about 6 months old. It is not a new problem-- it's just that now he does it and thinks it is funny.
I tell him biting hurts, and ask him to make the sign for "hurt" and that it makes his brother sad, ask him to make the sign for "sad" and that it is a "no no," and again ask for that sign. He readily complies.
He doesn't bite out of frustration or anger-- he is a very physically intense kid and all of his motions are strong or big. He often ends up with folds of my neck skin in his hands when he "hugs" me and it is very painful, he pulls my hair when he is really excited and happy and can't contain myself and it is a no-nonsense pull.
He primarily bites his brother when they are having physical play (which is quite often) but what instigated this thread was that he walked up to him in the middle of the dining room when they hadn't been wrestling and bit him on the shoulder, and THEN hit him on the head with a flashlight.
(I admit that I DID swat him on the bottom that time. I was livid, and there's nothing more conflicting than feeling like you have to protect one of your babies from... your other baby. Argh.)
The biter does not like the older brother's "game" of "dinosaur," which consists of running around the house and roaring loudly. Little guys says "TOO WOUD OBI!" (Too loud, Ovi!) whenever O roars. I advised the older one tonight to try to roar right before or during or after a bite... but so far that hasn't worked (he sobs that he just can't remember to do it.)
Distraction is not the same thing as play.
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DS1, 8 years. DS2, 6 years. DS3, 2 years. DD1, due April 2015