Can I spoil my baby?
Am I spoiling my baby if I comfort him every time he cries?
Submitted by American Baby Team

No, it's not possible to spoil an infant in the first year. This is a tender time when getting to know, love, and understand your baby takes over your life and priorities. While there's some proof that very screamy babies (those who cry more than three hours a day) may do better if given a few minutes to console themselves, responding promptly is not only a strong parental instinct but also the best thing for your baby, and it can actually decreasing crying time later on.

Originally published in Child magazine, February 2005. Updated 2009.

Answered by American Baby Team
Community Answers (8)

There is no possible way to spoil an infant. They only cry when they need something essential such as a feeding, a diaper change, consoling, if they're uncomfortable due to their clothing or the room temperature, if they're sick, under-stimulation, or over-stimulation. It has been proven that an infant does not have the proper brain functions to "know how to get spoiled."
Submitted by mrsbillieevans08

There is no possible way to spoil an infant. They only cry when they need something essential such as a feeding, a diaper change, consoling, if they're uncomfortable due to their clothing or the room temperature, if they're sick, under-stimulation, or over-stimulation. It has been proven that an infant does not have the proper brain functions to "know how to get spoiled."
Submitted by mrsbillieevans08

Yes there is such a thing as spoiling your new baby! My best friend and I had babies within one month of eachother, everytime her baby even whimpers, she picks him up and consoles him, he is spoiled rotten, Even tho I do console my child, I also let her cry, and she eventually cries herself to sleep, or stops!!! babies have certain cries for certain thing's,they can recogonize youre face and voice, pick up on your moods by your tone, so they can pick up on being pampered vs being ignored!!!
Submitted by kylieh1

There is no such thing as spoiling a baby. Their only way to communicate and let you know they need something is to cry. Yes, it may be frustrating at times, but babies have not developed the ability to manipulate. They aren't trying to see how much they can get away with or how many times you will put the binky back in their mouth (my baby boy will let it fall out of his mouth and then cry for it back)
Submitted by crabbapple77

i think you can only because when i give my 2month old a pacifier because as soon as he looses it, he starts ballin his head off. and as soon as i give it back to him, he is fine again. but that is just me. or whenever me and my husband are driving and the vehicle stops, my baby wakes up and starts crying and as soon as the truck starts going again he goes right back to sleep...
Submitted by benssweetart

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Submitted by leonyepiz

so happy to hear this!
Submitted by caw581