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    Are you having problems with biting? Rowan has her two bottom teeth, and since they came in she is becoming a bit malicious. She has started really chomping down on people. Yesterday she bit DH so hard she bruised him and he yelled at her (and then she cried, and it was very sad). She seems to be testing boundaries - a couple days ago she bit DH hard, and he said "ow," then she did it again and looked for a response. Again, he said "ow." Then she bit him gently and looked for a response, and he called her a good girl. And then she grinned and bit him hard again.

    When she bites, we tell her "no" very sternly, and if she bites me while nursing I immediately de-latch her and set her down a couple feet away (and then she cries).

    Are there any other solutions? Is anyone else dealing with this?
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    i've only been bitten when i stick my finger in there and i think that's only him chewing. I would just be telling her no as well. hopefully someone else has an answer
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    OUCH! Sophie doesn't have any teeth yet, thankfully! So I don't really have any advice... I think what you're doing seems ok tho... I think they just need some time to get the jist of what teeth do & that includes a few deliberate bites here and there... But saying No loudly and setting her down away from you as a way of discipline sounds ok to me...
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    Simon is biting alot too, but not maliciously I dont think, just a result of teething. He sort gnaws more than bites....except on my nipples! OUCH!! I do the same as you when he does bite me while nursing. Since his biting of our hands seems to be more teething related, I just try to take my hand/body part away and offer him a teething toy. He just seems to prefer people parts unfortunately. But I think what you are doing when she bites is the right thing.

    Hope she stops soon!!
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    Teagan goes for the collar bone. Usually it's a sign she's ha(ew there's baby drool on my keyboard)d enough of whatever we're doing. She also likes to bite my arm when I'm leaving daycare with her. It's her sign she wants to nurse. Cute, huh? I give her a very stern NO BITING and put her down. She got her first two at 3 months and reprimanding wasn't going to get me anywhere. Now she's starting to understand "No" and the tone of voice that accompanies it. I don't think there's much else to be done about it. My now deceased MIL would have told me to bite her back. My labmate told me to smack her. Yeah, won't be doing either of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiggersMommy View Post
    My now deceased MIL would have told me to bite her back. My labmate told me to smack her. Yeah, won't be doing either of those.
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    Erin- please tell me your labmate does not have children!

    I've never had problems with malicious biting but no usually works for everything else here so I say stick with that. Accompany that with redirecting her to a teething toy even if it's not teething related maybe she'll get the idea that biting is to be done on teething toys not people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momW View Post
    Erin- please tell me your labmate does not have children!
    2 sweet little monkeys. His exact words were "Give her a pop. It's the only way she'll learn".
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiggersMommy View Post
    2 sweet little monkeys. His exact words were "Give her a pop. It's the only way she'll learn".
    You should give him a pop and see what he learns!

    I'm sorry Rowan is being so testing with the biting. I've never dealt with baby biting so I have no idea. I think telling her 'no' and showing her with emotions that you don't like that (expressing pain or displeasure) is what I would do as well.
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    Well, I took Erin's labmate's advice and punched Rowan when she bit me tonight. Knocked out her teeth, so that should solve the problem.

    Oh, wait, no, that would be insane.

    She clamped down on my hand really hard, and I said 'No' in a stern voice, and she looked up at me and burst into tears. Poor baby. I feel so bad, like I'm being mean to her, but I know I have to be firm now, so she doesn't get into a really bad biting habit. I just hate when she cries like that.
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