Even though my son, Colston, is 14-months-old, I'm still learning the ins and outs of toodler-hood. I got a call from daycare today that my son got bit by another baby, and I immediately got upset. Every thought went through my head: "Did he take a toy from someone?, Was Colston just trying to play?, Does that child always bite?".
Colston (age 1)
I drove from work to the daycare to check on him. Colston was okay, but this momma was still so upset. Come to find out, biting in toddlers isn't always right, but it's normal?
According to Parents.com, biting is pervasive -- and perfectly normal -- among the toddler set. "One- and 2-year-olds lead with their mouths," says Judith Garrard, Ph.D., a psychologist and professor of public health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, in Minneapolis. "Little children like to feel things orally. It's a way for them to learn about the world as well as a source of comfort."
For some kids, though, biting becomes a temporary form of communication. "Biting at this age is not malicious," says Aubyn Stahmer, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Children's Hospital, in San Diego. "Toddlers don't have the language skills to express how they feel, so they bite to create a stir, to express excitement, or to say that they are frustrated, anxious, or bored."
Moms/dads- have you ever had a parent freak out moment because of something that happened at daycare? I know I'm not the only one who has a had a moment.