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Why you shouldn't punish a baby

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Younger babies cry to communicate, and although they can be difficult to soothe, their motives are entirely internal and need-based; they simply do not have the capacity to want more than basic things like love, food, sleep, and diaper changes. This communicative crying, although it can be frustrating if you cannot soothe baby, should never be considered as "misbehaving."


Babies do not know right from wrong. They don't know what they are allowed and not allowed to do. They have to learn it, but a baby does not have the capacity to learn that at such a young age. I would say this doesn't start to have an impact until about 1 1/2 years old.

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