During the first few months of your child's life, there's no such thing as giving too much tender love and care. "Babies need to know that you are there when they are distressed," says Dr. Germain. "Going to a crying young infant and comforting her is never a bad thing."
While it's important to let your baby know you're there for her, it is OK to occasionally let her cry for a minute or two. "If your baby is crying and you're in the middle of a load of wash, there is no harm in letting your baby cry for a while as you're finishing your other life duties," Dr. Germain assures.
Setting a consistent nighttime routine such as a warm bath and bedtime story can be a helpful sleep trigger for your baby. It may not work right away, but after a couple of weeks your child will likely fall asleep easier and stay asleep longer.
According to Dr. Robert Jacobson, chairman and professor of pediatrics with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, this bedtime routine should include creating a peaceful setting in the home.
"As twilight comes and the house gets quieter, probably the most important thing in this modern age is to turn the TV off an hour before the baby is going to fall asleep," he says, explaining that the TV tends to charge the air and keep babies awake.