If there‚Äôs one thing you don‚Äôt want your baby to be known as, it‚Äôs The Biter. There‚Äôs always one in daycare or pre-school or a playgroup, isn‚Äôt there? When my daughter was in pre-school there was a boy who was a biter. Whenever my daughter mentions his name, to this day, I‚Äôll say, ‚ÄėOh, The Biter?‚Äô And it‚Äôs been eight years!
Let‚Äôs face it. If your child is a biter, all the other parents know that your kid is a biter, probably because your kid is coming home from day care with bite marks and you will find out who the kid and their parents are.
And, now, I‚Äôm the one who has The Biter. FML. I have proof of this in the form of a photo of baby teeth marks that had remained on my cheek for three days after my own son bit me. So far, my baby has bitten almost everyone in my house.
One night, he was like a pit bull and not only bit my stepdaughter‚Äôs finger hard, he refused to let go of her finger. She, too, had teeth marks for the next couple of days on her finger and talk about the mayhem when you see your baby biting your stepdaughter who is crying in pain and parents trying to unlock their baby‚Äôs clamped teeth from their other child‚Äôs finger. Who knew that when a baby bites and clamps hard, it‚Äôs really almost impossible to get them to let go!
The Biter also attacked my daughter. He bit her on her chin, which also left a mark. Biting babies really, really hurt. They are brutal. The Biter does not just take a nibble. He bites, like he‚Äôs attacking a well-done steak. So, of course, we couldn‚Äôt let this go on. We were running out of Polysporn and Band-Aids and also, it‚Äôs just plain wrong to bite.
So, every time, my son looks like, or does, bite someone, we have to yell at him, ‚ÄúNO. NO. NO!‚ÄĚ It‚Äôs so strange how babies can be so different from one another. My daughter never bit, so I was not prepared to have a Biter come out of me and that I‚Äôd be answering questions with, ‚ÄúYeah, my baby bit me. Yeah, at least his teeth marks are straight.‚ÄĚ But, alas, I do. And because he‚Äôs not so smart ‚Äď ‚ÄúNo, that is a dog food bowl! That kibble is not for you!‚ÄĚ ‚Äď I don‚Äôt think he‚Äôll understand if I tell him, ‚ÄúJust because you have mouthful of teeth now does not mean you can bite humans!‚ÄĚ