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Is it possible to spoil a baby?

3 doctors weighed in

In brief: Yes

Usually it's the parent that gets spoiled: taking the easy way of giving into a tantrum. When a child learns that a tantrum turns a no into a yes, you've just guaranteed a whole lot more tantrums.
In all cases, make the right (not necessarily the easy) decision, and stick to it.

In brief: Yes

Usually it's the parent that gets spoiled: taking the easy way of giving into a tantrum. When a child learns that a tantrum turns a no into a yes, you've just guaranteed a whole lot more tantrums.
In all cases, make the right (not necessarily the easy) decision, and stick to it.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Well, sort of. Babies get used to whatever they are doing, so at first, if they are always carried, they will get used to being carried, and doing something else is disturbing.
Spoiling infers manipulation, and they don't get that right away. By 4-6 mo, they do, and will start to "work the system". So do what you want until about 4-6 mo, then settle into patterns you want to continue for awhile.

In brief: Yes

Well, sort of. Babies get used to whatever they are doing, so at first, if they are always carried, they will get used to being carried, and doing something else is disturbing.
Spoiling infers manipulation, and they don't get that right away. By 4-6 mo, they do, and will start to "work the system". So do what you want until about 4-6 mo, then settle into patterns you want to continue for awhile.
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Well, sort of. They get used to whatever you are doing.
Spoiling infers manipulation, "if i cry, mom will do xyz for me". So if you carry them everywhere, they will enjoy being carried. Under 4-6 mo, babies don't get the connection, they just know what they are used to and what they like. After 6 mo, they do make the connection, and will start to "work the system.".

In brief: Yes

Well, sort of. They get used to whatever you are doing.
Spoiling infers manipulation, "if i cry, mom will do xyz for me". So if you carry them everywhere, they will enjoy being carried. Under 4-6 mo, babies don't get the connection, they just know what they are used to and what they like. After 6 mo, they do make the connection, and will start to "work the system.".
Dr. Michael Amster
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Michael Pappas
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

No, i don't believe that's possible.
Babies desire some very basic needs: love/protection, food, and to be clean...Not necessarily in that order. That makes them feel safe and happy. So, loving or feeding or cleaning your baby is the right thing to do, and i don't believe doing too much of that will hurt or spoil your little one.

In brief: Yes

No, i don't believe that's possible.
Babies desire some very basic needs: love/protection, food, and to be clean...Not necessarily in that order. That makes them feel safe and happy. So, loving or feeding or cleaning your baby is the right thing to do, and i don't believe doing too much of that will hurt or spoil your little one.
Dr. Michael Pappas
Dr. Michael Pappas
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