Discipline means “to teach:” Positive behavior is where to start with your baby


  • Teaching your baby that you love them and will always take care of them is a great place to start with discipline from a young age.
  • Comforting and giving your baby attention will help them feel more secure.
  • Showing understanding to your baby and the other people around you helps your baby start to learn about emotions.

A great way to start thinking about discipline early is to remember that the word discipline means, “to teach.” Developing trust with your baby starts at birth. You need to give them love and attention to teach them about relationships, turn taking, and communication. Comforting your baby is another way to help them feel safe and trust you. Comforting them when they are upset helps your baby to learn ways to calm themselves and decreases their stress level. It also helps them feel calm and protected to get control of their behavior and emotions from a young age. When you show your baby that you pay attention to them and are kind to their needs and other people helps them learn about feelings.

To find more information, check out:

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2009). Emotional and Social Development: 8 to 12 Months. Healthychildren.org. Retrieved from Emotional and Social Development 8-12 Months

This and other exclusive tips from the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics are shared via Bloomz, the app connecting parents and educators everywhere. Want to get them on your phone? Invite your child’s teacher, coach or care provider to sign up for a free Bloomz account.

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