Is it normal that my 16 month old son hits and bites?

So my son has started to hit myself, his father and even his cousin (she is 18 months old). If he gets frustrated, he will either hit us or throw down the toy that is making him mad. Whenever his cousin puts her fingers close to his mouth, he bites her! I have seen a lot of moms say that children tend to act like this around this age, especially boys. My question is what did you do about it? I don't want to spank him because I am trying to teach him that "hitting" is bad. Did your kids do this and how did you get them to stop? TIA!

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03/14/14
It's hard doing time out because I don't think he understands that I want him to sit for a minute or that he's even in trouble. He isn't allowed on the couches unless he is cuddling with me or his father so if I put him on the couch, he thinks he's allowed to play. He isn't talking yet, just jabbers but he is trying soooo hard. I know he wants to talk but he cant seem to get the words out.
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    03/14/14
    4Katie
    Hitting and biting around this age are very normal. At this age children know what they want, what they like and don't like but usually they are unable to verbally communicate their feelings. Try to find out what is triggering him to hit, is he not liking something that you or his father are doing? Don't get mad at him when he hits, instead try to figure out what he is trying to communicate, talk to him about his feelings, make him feel like you understand what he wants.Your son biting his cousin is him saying that he doesn't want his cousins fingers near his mouth. His cousin should not be putting her fingers near his mouth anyway and that is his way of communicating he doesn't like it.

    As parents we need to try out best to pick up on our child's cues, he is just trying to communicate with you. Don't punish him, instead try to help figure out what he is trying to communicate and help him with using words.
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    03/14/14
    I don't get mad at him, I get stern and try to explain to him that it's not okay to hit or bite. And I don't think it's something we are doing that he doesn't like because sometimes he will be on my lap and we will be laughing and playing and then WHAM! He smacks me. And I do tell my niece to not put her fingers by his mouth. She is some what talking to it's a little easier to communicate with her. I know once he does start talking, he will be a chatter box. But for now, I don't know what he is trying to say. =[ It makes me feel awful.
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    03/14/14
    4Katie
    If he hits you when you are laughing and playing it sounds like he is just excited. Just tell him no in a stern voice and say "that hurts mommy".

    Don't feel awful! It is so hard at this stage when they have their own little feelings, wants, and opinions but they can't communicate them. My daughter is 17months old so I am right there with you.
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      03/14/14
      It's normal but NIP that in the BUD.. Fast.. Don't hit back..

      Simply and FIRMLY tell him no.. Get in his face, look right in his eyes and say it NO HITTING .. and then remove him from the situation or put him down.. or put him in corner and repeat as necessary.. He knows.. he's testing.. be stronger and do NOT give in.. a tiny hit is as bug as a big hit..
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