Re: 14 month old wont stop hitting! help!
My 13 month old is going through this wonderful stage right now where she hits in the face, pulls hair, or grabs and pinches my cheek or bottom lip. She isn't doing it because she's angry, she's just doing it and it's kind of freaking me out a bit - like you said, it hurts. I always take her hand and say "No, No!!" and then put her down or move her away from me, but she's 13 months - she's not quite getting it and even laughs at me sometimes when I correct her. No, I'm not smiling at her at all at this point, and we can do the same routine for 1/2 hour - she lifts her hand, I hold it and say "NO", she lifts her hand, etc., etc. I think part of the problem is that everyone thought her tapping them in the face or on their hands was so cute and part of a game, but now she's older and stronger it's not so cute. The one thing she does when angry is on occassion when I am changing her diaper and she's tired and crabby is kick me like crazy - makes me nuts. Now I turn my body so she can't kick it because I don't want to grab her leg or keep trying to maneuver around her legs and accidentally hurt her.
I'm really a little stressed over this - like you, I think it needs to be addressed and stopped now or she'll be a complete nightmare within a few months...but then another part of me keeps thinking that I've got to just keep reinforcing the "no" and try to be patient because she is so young and is still really learning. Obviously a time out would not work because she's too young - the reasoning is not their yet, so I just keep doing what I'm doing.
Sorry this post wasn't too helpful - just thought you might like to know someone else has a very similar issue and is concerned about it as well.
Last edited by luckydarlin; 05-09-2008 at 05:49 PM.