I’ve had a headbutting toddler. I’ve had a hitting toddler. I’ve never had a biting toddler. At least, not until now.
Eudora, as sweet and precious as she is, has clearly become a biter. It kind of shocked me.
For the first biting toddler incident, we were over at a friend’s house. Eudora and little Sonia were sitting on a blanket together eating berries… and Sonia complained. Nikki looked surprised and said, “I think Eudora bit her?” Neither of us were actually sure… but I couldn’t imagine Eudora actually biting someone.
I figured out pretty quickly that it was entirely possible that Eudora had bitten Sonia. Actually, it was pretty probable. When I was changing her, she got annoyed and bit my arm. I was not a happy camper. I’m raising a baby girl, not a baby piranha. I yelled ouch, and she didn’t let go. I had tooth marks on my arm. Since then, we’ve had other incidents where Eudora tried to bite me, and they were always out of frustration.
There was only one time that she bit when I thought it was kind of justified: she bit Norton after he hit her. I had to pry her little teeth off of his arm… and then I had two wailing children on the couch. (Okay, so I wasn’t thrilled that she bit him… but considering how much he beats her up, I can’t blame her for retaliating.)
Since then, I’ve had some success with getting her to stop biting. But it’s minimal, and it’s only when she tries to bite me: I can tell when she’s trying to bite on the changing table. If I tell her “no bite,” she stops. The only downside is that I’ve told her “no bite” when she’s tried to plant random kisses on me. I hate missing out on crazy baby girl kisses because I don’t want to get bitten.
Have you ever dealt with a biting toddler in your family? How did you handle it?