Checklist: Dos and Don'ts of Comforting Baby

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 Ages & Stages weekly baby newsletter, Week 39.

Originally published on, June 2006.

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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