Week 1 - crying to get their way. At this age an infant...

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Assignment: Testing a Theory I recently had a baby and I am learning new things everyday about how to raise my child. Everyone says that if I always pick my baby up when he is crying that I will “spoil” him and he will always expect to be held or picked up. I was worried about this because I don’t want to create a future problem trying to break him of a “hold me habit”. I am currently testing this theory. My research method involves reading and researching the opinions of other parents online. I have joined parenting forums for infants that share parenting tips and advice of parents and professionals. I have also discussed this with my pediatrician. It was really bothering me because I don’t believe in letting my baby “cry it out” and he will be fine on his own. The reading I have done states that at the ages of 0-5 months an infant does not have perception of being spoiled or
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Unformatted text preview: crying to get their way. At this age an infant cries because they genuinely require some sort of attention as in a diaper change, hungry, in pain, tired, or needing to be soothed. My research involves comparing which is also done by psychologists. My research states that tending to your infants every need at these ages does not spoil your child it only creates a needed trust in your infant that will result in less crying as the infant ages. Research also shows that children whose every cry was not tended to at these early ages cry 40% more than children who were held and soothed when crying. So far my child is only three months old so I will continue to test this theory and hope for a child that cries 40% less than those that were not “spoiled”....
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This note was uploaded on 05/27/2011 for the course PSY/201 PSY/201 taught by Professor Caolinepela during the Spring '11 term at University of Phoenix.

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