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My Son, AKA, The Little Vampire, is Now a Biter

After my son was born, I wrote a little post called My Son, AKA, The Little Vampire.  He was a crazy, crazy, CRAZY big eater.

He was one month old when I wrote that post.  Today is his five month birthday.

The little vampire just started in on his introduction to rice cereal, and he is WILD to feed.  He screeches and yanks on the spoon and hysterically screams when the food is gone.  He sits on my lap while I eat and watches every bite that heads towards my mouth.  He watches me raise my glass (hello, Pink) and actually moans.

He’s taken his hunger campaign up a notch as he now bites like a crazed fighting fish every time I try to nurse him.  I should have seen it coming…he was gumming my finger the other day and bit down so hard that I actually cried.  I’ve given him a teething ring, and a bunch of toys to chew on, but it’s all a no go.  He wants flesh.

I refer to him as the bone cruncher.

My deepest sympathies go out to all who have a baby that has turned into a chomping crocodile.  At 4am, I almost dropped him, at 11am, I accidentally screamed, and by 3pm, he was eating out of a bottle.

Click here for advice on chomping babies.  Any advice for me?  What did you do with your crazed crocodile?

Sure, he just sucks on his own finger...

 

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  1. Laura Lee 01/24/2012 at 12:59 pm

    Ahhh, my Samson is 5 months TODAY and bit me just 30 min ago. OUCH! he has two razor sharp bottom teeth and when my milk doesn’t come out fast enough for him he gets mad swings his head away stretching my nipple which is still in his mouth. I don’t know it’s getting tough with him, my 3, 5, and 6 year old all needing attention. It’s either a switch to the bottle or everyone in the house may have to deal with a crazy mom.

  2. Carina 01/18/2012 at 4:18 pm

    OK, I’m your girl. I’ve nursed my two older kids until they were more than two-years-old, so I got the biting thing down.

    A properly nursing baby cannot bite you.

    You have to figure out WHY he’s biting.

    Is it at the beginning of the feed? In the middle? At the end?

    At the end is usually that he’s bored or finished. Watch him like a hawk and when you know he’s getting close to done, use your pinky to break the latch.

    Counterintuitively, when he bites, pull him IN, instead of tearing him off. This makes it hard for him to breathe and he’ll let go.

    At the beginning is usually a teething issue. In fact, it’s often a teething issue. Break the latch, tell him no. There’s usually a couple days of a learning curve before they understand the cause and effect thing.

    Sometimes they bite because they can’t breath (due to a cold, or some other reason.)

    Just be vigilant for a little bit and it will solve the problem. Don’t overreact (I overreacted with my first, which sent him into a nursing strike.) Break the latch, say “no biting,” and don’t allow him to nurse for a few minute. Offer a teething toy instead, be firm about the behavior. Trust me, if this didn’t go away after a couple days or a week or two, then I wouldn’t have kept nursing.

    Most of the time biting only lasts a couple days, babies usually get the message: biting = no nursing.

    As usual, Kelly mom has lots of great ways to deal with biting babies.

    • Shannon Nelson 01/19/2012 at 10:03 am

      Oh my gosh, you are my girl! THANK YOU so much for all of the good advice…I’m going to put it into play ASAP…I think it is a teething issue, at least at this point!

  3. Alma 01/17/2012 at 2:10 pm

    I’m nursing a biter right now, too. She has had four teeth on top and three on bottom for a few months now (she’s only 9 months!!). I’m worried that one of these days she’ll take the nipple right off!

  4. Erin Oltmanns 01/17/2012 at 1:54 pm

    My boy bit me for 10 days and then I threw in the towel and gave him a bottle. I think he was hungry and bit me out of frustration.

    Sadly I didn’t come to the bottle solution idea on my own…I was telling Rachael that he’d been biting for that long and I think she said something along the lines of, “GOOD HEAVENS WOMAN! GIVE THAT KID A BOTTLE!”
    😉

  5. Jennifer D. 01/17/2012 at 1:45 pm

    Sounds a lot like my son…he is 21 months now and he still puts stuff in his mouth on occasion. He loves his thumbs too and has since he was born. With both my kids, the first time they bit me when they were feeding I pulled them off the breast and told them “no, that hurts” in a firm voice. I kept them off for a bit to make sure I had their attention then let them go back to nursing. Worked the first time with my daughter. My son took a few more tries but eventually he got it. I nursed him until he was 13 months and then he weaned himself, much like my daughter did. Whatever you decide to do just remember to be consistent.

  6. Rachael Herrscher 01/17/2012 at 11:45 am

    Dude. I’ve got scars from my 2nd! Nothing ends nursing faster than a biter!