It's not always easy to figure out when compassion and kindness emerge in your baby. I'm betting it's before they...

raise a nice baby

It's not always easy to figure out when compassion and kindness emerge in your baby. I'm betting it's before they can talk though. It's easy to notice that babies do care about other people and other people's moods and feelings at a very young age - before their first birthday for sure. If you want to raise a sweet, caring, and unspoiled baby, try the following... Involve your baby socially. Some new parents set up camp at home once they have a newborn but taking your baby out and about with you is smart. Your baby gets to be exposed to all sorts of people, learns to interact, and these social skills can prep him for considering others. If you have a shy baby (like I did) still take your baby out, but never pressure him to interact until he's ready. If you want to make the most of social outings, be sure that you're treating people how you want your child too - i.e. smiling and saying hello. Allow your baby to help from an early age. Helping out starts small at home. Involve your baby with activities like folding laundry and cooking. Yes, he's too young to actually help but hanging with you while you work still involves him. Later when he's a toddler, you can give him small chores - i.e setting out silverware and helping to pick up. If you volunteer or do something nice take your tot. Babies can go along for beach clean-ups and older babies and toddlers can even help to choose flowers for a sick friend or pick out a birthday card. Be kind and sweet yourself. It's always nice to say please and thank you. It doesn't matter if your baby can understand you yet or not. One, it's just basic manners - adults should be polite, even to babies. Two, these lessons sink in far better than those lessons you see pushy parents push. You know, the parents who press their kids to say please and thank you, but never use the terms themselves. How annoying. Treat your baby how you want him to treat others and that's the lesson that will stick with him. Learn more about raising a sweet baby...

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