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Comforting Baby Doesn't Mean Spoiling
2 & 3 Months
Sometimes parents think that if they go to their baby each time he cries, they are teaching him to cry even more to get attention. Babies don't work this way!
By about the fourth week of life, infants use fussing or complaining noises when they need something. If these quiet cries are answered, the baby learns he doesn't always have to scream.
Remember -- your baby's cry is a way of asking for something. Your baby needs you not only to provide for his bodily needs, but also for comfort and reassurance. Sometimes if you answer quickly when your baby begins to fuss, the sound of your voice alone will be enough to soothe.
Very young babies often like to be swaddled. The snug wrapping provides warmth and security. Some babies seek comfort through sucking on a pacifier, wrist or thumb. Others prefer motion to soothe them -- rocking, being carried as you walk, riding in a stroller or car.
* Provide steady, monotonous sounds. Radios tuned to soft music can help. Try singing quietly to baby.
* Leave a soft light on in baby's room. Keep the room a little bit warmer to help make baby sleepy.
Never shake a baby. This can cause blindness, brain damage or death.
The second month of life tends to be the peak month for crying -- so when you get through this month, things should begin to get quieter.
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