01-14-2009, 05:35 PM
Since introducing a baby brother 10 months ago, our 3 year-old has started chewing on his toys, tearing some of them apart or putting holes in them. I'm positive it stems from seeing his baby brother suck on toys - toys that are appropriate for teething 10 month-olds. We have tried explaining to him that he has teeth and that by chewing on his toys he is damaging them, and his teeth as well, but he is a typical three-year-old boy, and frankly, doesn't care. We have tried explaining that he is not a baby, that his brother is getting teeth and it makes his mouth feel better to knaw on things - to no avail. I try giving him something crunchy to eat, but if he's not really hungry, he takes two bites and then goes back to chewing on his toys. My husband and I feel he's too young for gum and I have a suspicion he would just eat the gum instead of chewing it anyway. We have tried time outs, sending him to his room, and the naughty corner, all of which we don't really use anymore because he thinks all of them are games and will continue any bad behavior just to provoke us into using the discipline again. HELP!!!!!!!!!!