My 12-month-old son has just recently taken to slapping us - the parents. He has been directing the slaps to our faces, chests and arms.
What is causing this? Is there anyway for us to stop it?
Babies love attention and if he gets a funny reaction (e.g. you saying "No no no!") it can be plenty of fun (from their perspective).
I'm a father of 3 and my kids as young babies have gone through various phases of pulling hair, or slapping the face, or biting.
None of it was malicious (it was all playful), so I figured it was pretty normal.
To abate this sort of thing I tried to firstly not react when they did it (make it less of a game), and secondly tried to distract them into a different game (e.g. clapping hands, singing, putting hands up in the air) in preference to scolding them.