Encourage bonding. Consistently
interact with and provide loving attention to your baby.
and reinforce behaviors. For example, when interacting with your baby,
encourage smiling and eye contact.
crying. Your baby cries to communicate needs, such as
feeling hungry or uncomfortable. You are not spoiling your baby by promptly
responding to these cues. Use comforting techniques,
like cuddling and singing.
Don't spank your baby or use other types of
corporal (physical) punishment. A baby age 1 month to 12
months is too young to know that there are certain ways he or she should behave. Try distracting a child who is doing something wrong or something that might be
dangerous. For example, if your baby tries to pull the dog's tail, you can find a toy
to get his or her attention, and then move the dog to another area.
Don't worry about "spoiling" your baby. You can't
spoil a baby at this age. Hold your child, and give him or
her as much love and attention as you can. Your love and patience are critical
for helping your child grow into a happy and confident toddler.
Taking care of your baby is an exciting time, but it can also be
stressful. Some days you may simply feel
overwhelmed. Ask for help when you
Call a family member or friend to watch your baby and give you a break.
Investigate community resources that are available to
help you with child care or other needed services.
Call a doctor or local
hospital for some suggestions.
Some communities have respite care facilities
for children. A respite care facility is a place that provides temporary child
care during times when you need a break.
Also, parents may find that they have a harder time
communicating with each other. Feeling tired can make you more sensitive and
lose patience more easily than normal. Learn coping skills to help you deal with anger and frustration.
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September 09, 2014
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