“Don’t carry your baby so much! You’ll spoil him!” new parents are told. But child development experts say that there’s no such thing. Babies cry because they are hungry, tired, sick, lonely, scared, or bored. And they’re too young to meet those needs on their own, so they ask for help. Responding to those needs builds a sense of safety and security, which in term will encourage your baby to explore.
So carrying a baby or comforting him is actually an important part of building his confidence — and the more confident he is, the more independent he will be when he grows up.