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What can i do for my baby to not become a cry baby?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Accept and nurture: Babies cry to get basic needs met early & later cry in tantrums & responding to negative events.Nurturing does not create a cry baby.The kid who stubs his toe will cry loud & briefly, settle & return to play. The parent who tells him to stop crying invalidates his decision that it hurt & degrades his self worth.Try to strike a balance accepting the valid cry & rejecting the self indulgent whining.
Dr. David Escobar
Dr. David Escobaranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Encourage language: Once your baby begins to talk/reaches pre-school age, one of the best things to do is to encourage their language development and to express their feelings. Pre-school kids who are "whiny" tend to be so because they feel they cannot adequately express themselves, get frustrated, and resort to crying/tantrums. When this does happen however, don't negotiate with them, be firm and decisive.
Dr. Judy Orton
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Encourage Expression: It's important to encourage your child to express his feelings. However, teaching the proper tone of voice is important. Ignore requests made in a "whiney" voice. You may need to make a brief statement - "i can't hear whine!" - to make your point. Always important that you model correct conversation. Kids emulate the adults in their world.

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Why does my baby cry?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Something to say..: Babies cry to communicate. It may be a need - i'm hungry, cold, wet, gassy. Or it may be to get your attention, especially as they begin to realize there are people who love and hug them when they "communicate" with an attention getting cry. It's their way of sending you a signal, because they haven't mastered the phrase "change my diaper, it's full of poo" or "mommy i love you and i need a hug".

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