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Spoiling

If I go to my 3-month-old every time she cries, I'll spoil her.
False This is a common misconception: 44 percent of parents with young children believe this to be true. Actually, most experts say that children under the age of 6 months are too young to spoil. "Responding to an infant's obvious needs and some of her reasonable wants won't spoil her," says Polly Greenberg, author of Character Development: Encouraging Self-Esteem & Self-Discipline in Infants, Toddlers & Two-Year-Olds.

What this means for you Lavish affection on your tiny infant, and pay attention to her signals. You won't be spoiling her; you'll be showing her that you care about her and will always be there for her, thereby strengthening your bond.

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