Posted in Behavior, Toddlers


I have a 15 month old son who bites. It’s not an aggression or frustration thing. He seriously does it to be playful. How do I correct this behavior? It’s not a gentle bite. He will giggle and run up to you and bite you and laugh and run away. I don’t know where it came from and I don’t know how to fix it.

  • anonymous mom
    Oct 30, 2018

    At 15 months you should be able to sternly say “no,” and he should understand. So I would say, “no,” sternly and then hand him something he can bite. Or say, “no,” sternly and show him what he can do (run up to you and kiss on the cheek, run up to you and give a high five, run up to you and blow a kiss, etc). Just be repetitive. My daughter lately has started to bite/nip at me when she’s frustrated with me. Like if she wants me to play but I’m loading the dishwasher, she will run up to me and nip me on my hamstring!! I sternly say “no!” And finish what I’m doing then I play with her when I’m done. Or I say “no!” And show her how to hug my leg or something. It’s crazy. I don’t know where the random biting has come from and it’s disconcerting when it happens!! She is almost 15 months!

  • Victoria
    Oct 30, 2018

    Following mine does the same thing is 15 MO

  • Elizabeth
    Oct 30, 2018

    My lo is 2 yrs old and she bit me really hard the other day. I felt it through my sweater. She did it playfully but it still hurt. She knows better, but she slips up here and there. I agree with Julie, use a tone other than sweet mommy voice to let her/him know you mean business. It'll catch them off guard and make them think, wait that's not my mommy I must've done something.. I seriously just look at my daughter and she's like uh oh... I want to say it's a phase, your best friend is consistency. Or sweet precious devils have short attention spans so they need reminding. Good luck! :😊

  • Kaitlin
    Oct 30, 2018

    My 19 month old also bites! Not as much as he used to but dang it hurts!!! He also does it to be playful so it’s so sad to see his face crumple when I tell him no!

  • MT
    Oct 30, 2018

    My son started doing this around the same age. I figured out he had a doll with teeth, and we would laugh when he would stick his fingers in it's mouth, so we had to get rid of the doll. Then when he bit we would sit him in our laps away from distraction for 30 seconds or so and hold him while repeating ' no bite' (essentially a time out, since no 15 month old wants to sit still). He got the point. He is 2.5 and still bites some times, but it's usually out of excitement or wants our attention, so we try and think of what he needs in that moment and go from there. He never took a Stern voice seriously.

  • Kt
    Oct 31, 2018

    When mine bit I would flick her cheek. A good hard flick followed by no. Then have a conversation of why you don’t bite. They are smart and understand! She never bit me again. Second one needed a couple flicks before she stopped.