Eight months ago I was blessed with a beautiful, healthy nephew. Grant is the first child for my sister and her husband and is also the first grandchild for my parents. As a result, we all dote on him constantly without batting an eye. (He’s so happy, sweet and snuggly it’s hard not to!)
A few weeks ago, Grant’s daycare provider suggested my sister not give him so much attention at home as he was becoming very needy and demanding of attention at times.
“As if I’m not going to give my son attention,” my sister told me as she scoffed at the idea.
Now, I’m sure this isn’t a new problem. A new baby—especially the first-born—are generally showered with attention and become attention hungry as a result. And with daycare providers having other children to attend to during the day, they would love a break.
While Grant makes me melt, I will admit that he’s becoming a bit of a mama’s boy, and he definitely has a distinct “fake cry” now when he wants something.
Is there such a thing as too much attention? Are there little things parents can do to begin teaching their infant more independence? Or should parents dote all they want? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.