I hope this is the right area to post this Q... but it usually happens when he is being "disciplined"
He is 16 months old.
For example. If he is redirected, or if we take something from him, or if we don't "do what he says",or ANYthing that he might interpret as being unfavorable to him... his response it to cry/get upset and start hitting himself in the head with his open palm.
We don't spank, we don't hit him or each other. I don't leave him with anyone else, so I would know if he'd been hit by someone else before...
We co-sleep and I still BF, but recently started to night wean... he hits imself in the head extra passionately during the night when I comfort/hold him instead of nursing.
It is very disturbing for me. It doesn't seem like an innocent phase, it worries me... I hope I am over analysing it, but it reminds me of self destructive/self hatred type of behavior you'd see in teens/adults.
Otherwise, he is a darling, hilarious, very loving and affectionate, happy little boy.
Thanks in advance.