My lo is 17 months and seems to be going through a stage of hitting and I'm finding it so frustrating.
It's not constantly more after he's had a afternoon nap, he goes for the face and seems to have this look on his face as if he knows it's going to hurt!
He's teething his final molars at the minute and I know he's very uncomfortable but this can't be the excuse.
We have tried just moving him away, saying no and just generally trying to get him to be gentle but it doesn't seem to work. Apart from the times he does this he's such a happy and easy going little boy..... Help!?
Just keep persisting - Fynn did exactly the same at around the same age - but he used to hit Sam not me - it used to make me cry as poor Sam never did anything to deserve or even retaliate! It passed and he never does it now xxx
My DD is doing the same at the moment, Like you I just take 'gentle' route.
Whenever she hits (normally my arm) I take her hand and say 'gently' then show her how to stroke gently. I then ask her for a hug to say sorry. Sometimes it works and sometimes I get a 'no' instead of a sorry. When she says no, I stand up, sit away from her on the sofa etc and give no attention. Within a couple of mins
she normally comes over and gives a kiss/cuddle.
Her hitting coincided with an ear infection and teething so sometimes I think it's pure frustration that cant be expressed vocally.
I too, like you, am hoping it'll pass with time good luck x x
My boys a sucker for a round of applause. So when he hits I say "no nice hurts." And then show him gentle hands and say " dillan do gentle hands and get clap clap clap" he then does gentle hands and gives a cuddle and he gets a round of applause.
Seems to be working right now. I jave no idea how long it will last.
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