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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 46 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 9 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 35 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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If I have well water for the house, should I use diluted water for my baby's bottle?

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I am afraid of the shots that I have to give my months old baby! what is the problem in order to do them later when it is a bit older?I

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If I shave my babys lanugo, will it grow back even faster?

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Don't do it: Shaving hair, any kind does not make it grow back faster, this is indeed an old wives tale. But please do not touch the lanugo it will go away and would be afraid of any potential harm to shaving a baby.U only have lanugo once. Embrace it.

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