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Why Toddlers Bite and What You Can Do About It

January 17, 2017

Believe it or not, biting is a normal part of toddlerhood. Many children ages 1 through 3 go through a biting phase.

Toddlers bite for many reasons—from teething to feeling frustrated. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to discourage the behavior based on the cause.


Babies and toddlers may bite because the act of chewing can ease teething pain. Try using a pacifier clip to attach a teething ring. That way, the teething ring is always within reach whenever they’re tempted to bite.


Toddlers love to explore the world around them. And many use their mouths just as much as their hands to explore. Toddlers learn from observation. So, show them how to use or interact with an object.


Toddlers don’t have many words to express how they feel. Biting is often a way for them to assert themselves. Encourage your child to use their words. Simple commands like “No!” and “Mine” can easily communicate the frustration he’s feeling.

Kids’ brains are like sponges. Show your toddler the right reactions and eventually their skills will flourish.