My 12 month old daughter will slap her head repetitively and when we try to stop her, she just continues to keep doing it. We try to tell her no and do nice and rub her face but it doesn't stop her.
My husband and I are worried. Is this a phase she's just going through or is it something more? She will also pull her hair too.
Please help us.
Baby Help Line Response:
Why Babies Hit Themselves
Being 12 months old, I would say yes, it is highly likely to be a phase she is going through!
It seems to be quite common for babies to do things like this at around 12 months old. They hit themselves, bite themselves, bang their little heads against the floor or something similar when they are angry and frustrated.
It looks really bad and I think you're doing the right thing to continue to tell her and show her to not hurt herself. (Not that it will change her behavior...) It will pass, probably within a few months or so. Just make sure she doesn't hurt herself bad.
And don't be worried, it's normal (but strange) and will pass!
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