Got a demanding baby who wants to be carried constantly? How do you break the habit?
“Some babies seem to be independent, while others are more needy, often the boys!” says specialist paediatrician and neonatologist Dr Natalie Epton.
A certain amount of discipline is required to help ease him out of his demanding behaviour.
When it is nap time, put him down to sleep in his own room without distractions and let him learn to self-soothe.
When he’s awake, use visually stimulating toys to distract his attention from needing to be held all the time, and to help him learn about his environment, Dr Epton adds.
Allow him to develop some independence by placing him in a slightly upright baby chair rather than flat on his back, so that he can continue to see what is going on without being in your arms.