spoiling a baby

Leilani - posted on 12/04/2008 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Is there such thing as spoiling an infant? My baby is 61/2 weeks old and we hold her most of the time because she is crying.

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Kati - posted on 12/09/2008

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Of course not!!

I still hold my 8 month old all the time...but I think thats spoiling, nevermind. lol.

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There is no such thing, I held my daughter for the first 3 weeks constantly, partly becaus I wanted to and partly because she wanted the attention. Now she's 8 weeks and we have our time together but she will sleep in her crib thru the night, and nap on her own ....Once the baby knows that you aren't going anywhere they will have the comfort that they are looking for and become more independant, when that happens is up to the baby however.

Dianne - posted on 12/09/2008

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I think spoiling a infant is fine but after a while they should learn to soothe themselves. It is a great skill for them to learn in life!

Celena - posted on 12/09/2008

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my little one is 3 weeks old and i hold her all the time just because i want to,people say ill spoil her but i dont care i love her and want her to feel that :)

User - posted on 12/09/2008

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Oh, no, you can spoil her by loving her! :)
She will cry for another 2-3 weeks. But then you will start to giggle and talk. And the crying will be for "special needs". :)
Babies cry, usually a lot during first few months. Nothing to worry, like May Wilson said, she's just talking to you! And if she cries a lot now, she will talk a lot later!

Mary - posted on 12/04/2008

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No way! She's 6 1/2 weeks old. Crying is her way of communicating what she needs. At that age she doesn't know the difference between a need and a want, and if left to "cry it out" she will learn that you won't respond to her communication. Hold her, rock her, cuddle her. And definitely try a wrap or a sling. We use a ring sling and love it. Check out slinglings.com

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