Posted in Behavior, Toddlers

How to stop a 22 month old from clawing at my face after daycare pick up?

My son has taken to clawing at my face on the bus ride home from daycare the last couple of weeks. When I tell him to stop, he thinks it’s funny. When I tell him it hurts and that I don’t like it, he thinks it’s funny. Either way he keeps trying so that it becomes like game of whose reflexes are faster, with me trying to grab his hands before he can get to my face, especially when he gets sneaky about it. I pick him up 5, and it takes us about 30-40 minutes to get home. I know he’s tired. I have snacks if he’s hungry. I have his paci if he needs comfort. His molars are coming in, so sometimes he has tooth pain, and I keep Tylenol on hand for that case. I try to give him words for how he’s feeling to try to help with maybe some of frustration that may be causing this behavior, but beyond that I don’t know what else to do. I could really use some advice as I’m starting to dread the ride home.

  • Laura
    May 04

    Front facing carrier. I love the Beco Gemini

  • Anonymous
    May 04

    Are you able to set him down? Or is he riding in your lap? I would set him down and tell him your not going to hold him until he stops, then try and turn away from him if it's safe. Or mittens? Can you try putting those on and when he fights you say if you can't be nice and gentle with mommy then you will have to wear these. My son always thought it was funny to hurt us too, The more of a reaction you give, the more they do it. Just keep your sentences brief and pretend to ignore him. It's not funny if he's not getting attention.

  • B
    May 04

    I’d also bring some books to distract him. Sounds like he is having a fun game. Sit him down when he does and don’t engage. And try to preemptively distract

  • Jenn
    May 05

    Cry. If that doesn't work, ignore.