Spoiling? Laura Fowler 1 child; Dayton, Nevada 83 posts
Dec 29th '12

Okay so my son is 24 weeks old, just over 5 months old. I'm scared he's starting to get spoiled. Every time he cried my fiance or I would go and pick him up, if he wasn't already being held. Now that he's at this age should we continue to do that? Or will this eventually lead to spoiling. Now he'll be crying and we'l pick him up and he'll be fine, but the moment we go to set him down again to play with his toys or do some tummy time, he cries. Any advice will help

Oh and any tips and how to help him start crawling would be great too! He can roll over both ways and when he's on his tummy he can scoot around in circles, which is adorable. =]

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
Dec 29th '12

He's only 5 months old. There's no spoiling him now. Continue to respond to his cries; they are still needs at this point.

Also, you don't want him to start crawling lol That's when the trouble starts.

Jess&A+O Due November 9 (girl); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; kitchener, ON, Canada 21036 posts
Dec 29th '12

I personally don't believe you can spoil a baby.

MommaNoodle 2 kids; Pennsylvania 13115 posts
Dec 29th '12

he's a baby. i don't think he can be "spoiled" at 5 months. jmo

Maria + Cory = Alexis 17 kids; Middleport, Ohio 1075 posts
Dec 29th '12

I was watching a documentary on Netflix about babies and according to it not all babies learn to crawl. Some go straight to walking.

But I would guess placing him on his tummy a lot while he is awake to build up strength needed for crawling. Just my opinion though.

k♥[j&a] ., ., United States 1060 posts
Dec 29th '12

You can't spoil a baby! They need to be held & showed love.
And my girls didn't start crawling until they was 7 months old. Just let him play in the floor & prop him up in a crawling position. He'll figure out how to crawl.

Laura Fowler 1 child; Dayton, Nevada 83 posts
Dec 29th '12

Okay thank you guys =] My friend had told me I was spoiling him so I wasn't completely sure. thanks!!

As for crawling you can tell he wants to so bad, he gets so mad when I put his toys out of his reach and he can't get them. lol. He will try so hard!! But he really doesn't like to be on his belly, he loves to be standing!

ChubbyCheekers 2 kids; New York 3117 posts
Dec 29th '12

Ugh. My FIL tries to tell me I'm spoiling our 2-week old by picking her up every time she cries. I had to explain to DH why this is not the case, and it's not okay to just let babies cry. At that age they cry because they need something, and by responding to their cries you teach them that their needs will always be met and make them more secure. I've read that this actually makes them cry less.