“Whenever my baby cries, I pick her up. My friend says I’m spoiling her. Is my friend right?”
No, you don’t have to worry about spoiling your baby. When you pick your baby up, you are doing the right thing.
By reacting to her needs, you are teaching your baby that she can trust you. Holding her brings her comfort. It shows her that you care when she is hungry, in pain, afraid or unhappy.
Meeting your baby’s needs makes her feel safe and loved.It’s good to respond quickly when your baby is crying. Her needs are immediate. When your baby is hungry, she wants to be fed. When your baby is wet, she wants a dry diaper. When she is uncomfortable or scared, it helps her to be held.
It’s not good to ignore your baby. She depends on you to respond to her needs. She learns to trust because you respond to her needs. Your baby needs a lot of love from you.
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