I’m having issues with my 19 month old daughter biting! She does this out of frustration when she doesn’t have the words to say what see needs. I then tell her to say “help please” in hopes that she’ll remember next time. Sometimes yes, other times the concept seems lost!
Biting her back is a method I’ve heard that I don’t agree with. Using violence for discipline is not going to be a long term deterrent, it’s just a short term remedy which reinforces violent behavior. That means she react just the same way when she’s stressed later on. I have tried to use the time out method with good success. She gets a 1 minute time out and she realizes the consequence. There are arguments that this subliminally sends the message that the place of time out is a bad place. There are obviously bad places to do this in such as a crib, because that’s where she sleeps! I’ve concluded the crib should only be used for sleep times; therefore, I have the playpen setup with blankets, stuffed toys, and placed in the living room corner just in case the need arises for a time out. By the time she’s tall enough to climb out, we’ll have a strong foundation of boundaries established. Like no biting!