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It is part of normal toddler aggression, as is hitting and scratching.

The bloodcurdling scream of a child who has just been bitten by another gets our attention in a hurry. It feels so disturbing. Animalistic, even.

Toddler aggression comes in many forms: the 1-year-old chomping down on a new friend they just met at the park, an 18-month-old scratching their best buddy in the sandbox, a 2-year-old hitting their sister in the playroom. These acts, while seemingly cruel, are rarely rooted in a desire to inflict harm purely for harms sake. In fact, they are normal and often a sign of social and cognitive developments.

The issue typically begins after age 1. They not only start to notice other children as peers to play alongside, they see them as obstacles to getting what they want. They will seek more independence and spend more time experimenting with way to assert themselves and get their needs met.

When these advancements outpace their limited language skills, they are unable to verbalize their desires or get the results they are seeking. It is no surprise, then, that so many 1 and 2-year-old kids interact with peers through physical means. For example, your child will notice another child playing with the truck they want. They will try to assert their desire by first stating, “Mine,” and then grabbing for the toy. If that does not work, they may next resort to biting or pushing.

Sometimes aggression goes too far; if your child is hitting most of the time, if other children are afraid of them or if you have not been able to help them make changes to their behavior, talk to your pediatrician. The doctor might recommend a child psychologist who can help you work through it. But keep in mind that your child will likely outgrow their aggressive tendencies.

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What Is With The Biting

Bloodcurdling Scream

Offer Support. To help your baby strengthen her muscles and develop balance, hold her as she bounces while standing.

Encourage Tummy Time Play. Place your baby on her stomach. When she is able to get up on her hands, put favorite toys just out of reach to motivate her to move and grab them.

Foster Coordination. Let your baby tap blocks together, bang spoons on pots and pick up finger foods herself. This will help sharpen her vision and hand-eye coördination.

Baby Proof. Use gates to keep stairways off-limits until your baby has mastered crawling. Even then she should be closely supervised. You can help her practice with foam blocks.

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Crawling Baby

On The Move

Want a simple suggestion that will help your baby develop his physical abilities and cognition? Try putting him on his tummy. Although he may initially fuss, your baby will reach major motor milestones by spending time belly to floor. Around 6-10 months, he will start arching his neck and kicking his feet. Next he will learn to roll over, get up on his hands and knees and then, usually crawl.

Crawling is often seen as a milestone, but some parents find that their baby doesn’t crawl at all. Instead, he will get around by rolling, dragging his body commando-style, or scooting his bottom. Not to worry: The American Academy of Pediatrics says that your baby is moving independently is more critical to later development that the way he does it.

When he starts to crawl, as long as he uses both sides of his body equally, he is strengthening the muscles he will need when he begins to walk. He is also exploring his world, which fosters cognition and autonomy. Spending so much time looking nearby ( to navigate obstacles) and far ahead ( to reach his destination) exercises the vision and coördination skills that support reading and writing.

If your crawler is favoring one side, or if you have concerns, speak to your doctor. Otherwise, focus on providing him with safe and stimulating objects and experiences as he wanders around.

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Crawling Baby

On The Move