My 2 year old toddler loves to pull on hair. He pulls on mine and his own, usually to calm himself to sleep.
He has always loved pulling hair - which most babies do, but he didn't stop. I tell him gently he can't pull my hair, and he usually stops, but then soon he does it again.
I am especially concerned about the fact that he does it to calm himself (I wonder if it is a form of Trichotillomania, though it is not that severe). He doesn't actually pull out big chunks of hair, if any.
I usually move his hands from my hair to his if he is about to sleep (I don't want to say firmly 'no' or even talk to him when he is half asleep). I don't know if that just reinforces him in pulling.
As a complication of this, most nights he comes and sleeps in our bed (I am not looking to end the co-sleeping). Around 4/5 he gets half awake, and starts pulling my hair. This makes it hard for me to get my sleep. I usually just remove his hands from my hair. Again, I really don't want to get him to a wakeful state.
So my questions are:
Why does he like pulling hair? Will it stop? How can I get him to stop, especially when he is not really awake? Is this something I should be concerned about other than the annoyance for me?
as a side note: He loves the hair of other toddlers too, but mostly remembers not to pull it. He also doesn't have any developmental issues we are aware up, and as far as we know all his behaviors and milestones are within the norm.