No, it is impossible to spoil a baby by going to them when they cry. To spoil means to ruin or to damage, and despite common wisdom about how children develop, more damage is done to a child’s sense of security and trust in their caretakers by not responding to them than by responding too often. Particularly in the first six months, the most crucial psychological task babies accomplish is building a sense of safety with their caretakers. It isn’t necessary to respond instantly to the baby’s cries, but parents should respond every time consistency is the key to building security.
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