A lot of parents have been asking for help because their kids are going through a biting phase. My son also went through a phase during his toddler years and so I bought him a book which helped him to understand why we don’t bite.
I really find books helpful in trying to get a message across to younger ones, so here’s a review on a book that helped us.
Yo Gabba Gabba: Don’t Bite Your Friends
Yo Gabba Gabba is an American live theatre television program which aims to educate children. Topics covered range from eating vegetables, baby teeth, people being different, to pets, babies and getting ids to sleep. They have extended the line into publishing books based on the tv program which I think is a fantastic idea.
We tried the “Don’t Bite Your Friends” book and I genuinely think it helped Mikhail understand why being a biter or being bitten isn’t acceptable.
We followed the 10 page board book story about Muno, the generally sweet Gabba Land monster, who bites Foofa and makes Foofa cry. Plex, a robot, helps to explain why it isn’t good to bite friends or anyone.
The rhyming rhythm also makes it a fun story to follow.
What I love about the book is that it is interactive. It comes with cut out pieces of food, that your child can put in Muno’s mouth, to show your child that biting is for food and not for friends. I also used to put my fingers through Muno’s mouth and say, “Ouch, that wasn’t nice to bite me Muno” aloud, to help Mikhail understand the story even more.
I had a look on Book Depository and they don’t seem to have the same one that I bought. The edition they have comes with a puppet, so you can act out the story with your child. If you are a bit creative, you could even print and cut out food items and feed it to the puppet to help illustrate the story.
Here’s a link to the book depository site for the book (click here)
If you are interested, here’s a link to the whole Yo Gabba Gabba range (Click Here)
Have you used any books to help you get your child to start or stop a habit? I’d be happy to review more of these kind of books to help other parents!
xxx Iman (and my no-more-biting son , Mikhail)