Discipline and your baby
It’s a waste of time and sometimes harmful to use any kind of discipline on your baby. She is completely incapable of thinking ahead, understanding reasoning or having any concept of cause and effect.
You simply cannot spoil your baby with too much attention, just as she cannot purposefully behave in a certain way to irritate or upset you. Babies under a year old have no way of modifying their behaviour so discipline can only be upsetting for everyone concerned.
At this age you should be teaching her that her environment is a friendly place to be, that she is safe and loved and that you will protect her. Try to focus on preventing damage and danger – to herself and her environment. Gentleness, loving touches and words are as important as feeding and clothing babies.
- Discipline is about learning and teaching.
- For discipline to work, it has to include rules and consequences. The consequences should be directly related to the negative behaviour and should be short.
- When thinking about the rules you want your family to live by, consider talking with other parents to assess whether you are being realistic and reasonable.
- When disciplining, sometimes you have to make hard decisions. Don’t base your decisions on what is easy or convenient. Instead focus on what will be most effective for your child.
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