baby-whiningExperts like babysitter and nannies have found that if you think through the implications of simple infant care decisions, then you can often avoid a lot of trouble in the future. For instance, helping your baby to learn to go to sleep by herself. While this may seem like a small thing, it can have a big impact on your time and your child. There are many parents who dread their baby’s bed time because these parents must spend hours reading them books, rocking them, and doing almost anything to get their child to sleep. These problems often continue until the child is three or four years old. The key lesson to learn is that what often seems like the “easy” way to go may backfire in the long term.

One of the biggest areas to be aware of as your baby approaches one year of age is the effect of responding to whining and tantrums. Whining is often difficult to ignore. The reason why whine is so effective is that parents are biologically programmed to respond to them. While giving in to baby who is whining or is having a tantrum is the easiest way to end the episode, the long-term consequence is that your baby will whine or have tantrums more often.

Another example is allowing your child to walk instead of riding in the stroller (with the parent pushing an empty stroller while trying to keep the child moving forward). While it seems like a good idea because it is a chance for your baby to get exercise, and he may enjoy it for the short term, the downside is that your child may begin to protest any ride in the stroller or baby jogger. If you are going to have only one child, then this may not be a problem. However, if you have two or more young children, then it can become almost impossible to make it to your destination. Think about the future impact of your decisions. If you realize you have made a mistake, don’t fret. Just be quick to change things that you find are not working for your family.

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