Is it possible to spoil a newborn? When do you begin discipline?

United States
August 27, 2007 4:32am CST
At what age does it begin to be possible to spoil a baby? I read that it isn't possible to spoil a newborn because they are unable to manipulate, they just have needs that must be met. This makes sense to me and I do everything possible to make sure my baby is as happy as she can be. I believe boundaries and discipline are important early on but not in the newborn stage. At what point did you begin to discipline your child?
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@mistissa (1348)
• Netherlands
27 Aug 07
According to what I have read, babies up to 6 months can not be spoiled. They just don't have the brain (thinking) capacity to link things together. For instance if I cry mummy will pick me up. So you can cuddle a baby as much as you want.
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@dreamy1 (3818)
• United States
27 Aug 07
I'm not a parent so I may not know what I'm talking about but I don't think you can spoil a newborn. They have no clue what is going on and they certainly won't remember anything before a certain age. I think when a child gets to a point when they can start to walk and talk and understand who they are and their relationships to other people and things around them is when you can start setting boundaries.
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