Is my baby spoiled?
Everyone has needs that must be met for optimal growth, development, and health. Babies are born very immature, so they need a lot of support. If mothers are tending to their baby’s needs, they are not spoiling the baby; they are being a good parent. Babies need to be fed, held, cared for at night, and kept warm, dry, and safe. Every baby is different, so we encourage parents to respond to their baby’s signs. Gentle discipline is appropriate when babies start to pull hair, bite the breast, or refuse to get into a car seat. The discipline can be scolding or a forceful “no.” Toddlers may be disciplined with explanations, time outs, or the withdrawal of toys. If a baby is sleepy at the breast or unable to latch, this is not being difficult or lazy; there may be a breastfeeding or medical problem that needs urgent medical attention.