Never Spank a Baby
You probably havent thought about discipline for your baby, but discipline comes from the word "disciple", which means student. So, start thinking of discipline as teaching, not punishing.
The most important thing you can teach a young baby is to trust you. You can do this by meeting her needs, so she learns you are there when she needs you. Later on, youll need to set limits to keep her safe. The trust baby has in you will help her try to obey, so she can please you.
When your child does something you dont want him to do, it is your cue to teach and show him what is acceptable behavior. Try to distract him from the problem situation by giving him something else to do, singing or talking to him, taking him to another room, or going for a walk. Respond when he needs your help and guidance.
Every parent gets angry and frustrated, that is normal. Babies and toddlers dont do things on purpose to annoy you, even if it seems like that sometimes. Your child cant help crying, messing her diapers or waking up in the middle of the night when you want to sleep.
A baby should never be spanked or slapped for any reason. However, if you feel you are so upset that you might hit or shake your baby, get help quickly.
Reference: GH 6604 "Child Abuse and Neglect" University of Missouri Extension