Why does my toddler hit?

Why does my toddler hit?

Has your otherwise friendly toddler suddenly started hitting people? Many children this age start communicating their feelings physically, partly as a way to get your attention and partly because their language skills are still limited.

Here's how to help curb the behavior:

  • Make a show of noticing when your child communicates without hitting. Positive rewards for acceptable behavior teach better than negative consequences for bad behavior.
  • Don't put your child into social situations when you know she's ready for a nap or too hungry to be calm.
  • Try to spend some time alone with your child each day so you can give him your full attention when you play together.
  • Hang in there! Soon your child will develop language skills that will help her communicate much more effectively.


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yuk 4/29/2016
This happened my baby now. It's really helpful.

He thinks it's funny

My toddler hits me and then laughs. He does it when he wants to show off for some one. I say no we don't hit and put him down. I continue this until he stops. We are now up to about 2 times of being told no and put down before he gets it.


My toddler hits just about everyone and I can't understand why. Possibly for attention. Other times it's because he doesn't want to share. This article was helpful to help understand and curb the hitting.

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barb 3/7/2016
We make very sad face when are toddler hits us . He still does not understand this yet .

My 19 month old Daughter HITS

nancy 2/8/2016
She hits and bits everyone my Mother that watches her during the when I work. My Daughter also hits and bits my 2 older nieces. I always tell her to say sorry and apologize and give a hug.

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