Your Baby, Your Rules! Surprised? Don’t be. This article is NOT about punishment. Discipline is not punishment or spanking.
From tossing pacifiers to overturning cereal bowls, your baby gets a bit wiser every day and setting a limit or two is a necessity. Before resorting to spanking and punishment, try these tips.
Dos & Don’t of Baby & Toddler Discipline
At newborn stage, your baby knows little or nothing about the world around him. Babies need to feel safe and secure. Meeting their needs helps them grow into independent adults. But at this stage, you need to differentiate between needs and wants. For example, your baby may want to sleep on your chest every time, but he doesn’t need to. He needs to learn to sleep on his own says Jane Nelsen, EdD, Coauthor of Positive Discipline. A toy or teddy bear will come in handy at this stage. He may cry it out initially but he will adjust accordingly.
Teething can also have an effect on behavior. When a baby starts biting during breastfeeding, end that feeding session. Gradually, the baby will learn that biting is not allowed.