Loving relationships give young children a sense of comfort, safety, confidence, and encouragement. They teach young children how to form friendships, communicate emotions, and to deal with challenges. Strong, positive relationships also help children develop trust, empathy, compassion, and a sense of right and wrong.

As stated by Zero to Three, starting from birth, babies are learning who they are by how they are treated. Through everyday interactions, parents, relatives, and caregivers send babies messages like: you’re clever, you’re good at figuring things out, you’re loved, you make me laugh, I enjoy being with you. These messages shape a baby’s self-esteem.

Can You Really Spoil a Baby?

No, it is not possible to spoil your newborn. You may have heard the comments over and over, “Don’t pick her up as soon as she starts crying, you’ll spoil her,” or “Babies need time in their crib so they learn to be on their own, you don’t want to spoil them!”

Don’t worry, it is not going to happen. Newborns are getting used to this new world around them. If they are crying they are hungry, wet, tired, or just want reassurance that you are near by and they are not alone. Hold your new baby as much as you and he/she would like.  And make sure to talk to them while you do, they find the sound of your voice comforting, and their brains are soaking up the sounds of language as they develop.