And this is how he looks right before and right after he does it. I, however, do not look quite as happy because it hurts! I'm nearing the end of my rope on this one. We've tried "no", "stop", redirecting to more appropriate play and offering something that is okay to bite (i.e. something other than one of our body parts - shoulders, knees and fingers are his favorite targets with the occasional arm or thigh thrown in to keep it interesting). Today I tried ignoring it and thought he was doing much better, but then he just about drew blood while I was reading him a book before bed.
I don't know what to do. It's as if he thinks he has to bite. I mean, it's not as though he only bites his parents. He also bites the couch (cushions and arms, he's not picky), the dining room chairs, the tv cabinet and any other inanimate object he pulls up on. I can tell where he's cruised because his path is delineated by little wet mouth marks. I'm not so concerned about the furniture, or really even me and Jeff, but I don't want my biting nine month old to become a biting two-year old. And before you think I'm jumping the gun on this, I should tell you it's been going on for at least a couple of months and we've already had one incident of him biting a friend's finger (sorry, Isaac!).
So, wise readers, any suggestions? It's getting a little painful around here.