When Does Discipline Begin?

Discipline for Newborns

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Linda Farwell

Age: Newborn

The Big Issues: Eating, Sleeping, and Pooping

In general, you can't spoil a child in the early months, Lerner says. Infants need to feel safe and secure, and meeting their every need actually helps them become independent later on. When they develop a sense of security in their own little world, they're able to venture outside of it, knowing they won't get hurt. Dr. Karp puts it in perspective: "Holding him for 18 hours a day may seem like a lot from your perspective, but to a baby who was being held 24/7 in the womb, it's still a 25 percent rip-off."

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