Yes, even the most well-intentioned moms can get into a rut, or develop bad habits, when they rush to calm an upset child. Here are smart ways to comfort your baby, plus soothing tactics to avoid.
___ Don't use food to soothe.
___ Do try a bath, a change of scenery, or a toy.
___ Don't overreact! Not every cry or whimper is a crisis.
___ Do assess each situation for the appropriate response.
___ Don't set or keep too-rigid routines.
___ Do mix things up a bit so baby does not become too dependent on any one routine or comfort object.
Excerpted from the AmericanBaby.com Ages & Stages weekly baby newsletter, Week 39.
Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, June 2006.
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