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Why I Am Not In A Rush For My Baby To Meet His Milestones

With my first baby I religiously read up on developmental milestones, I could tell you which skills he should be mastering at which stage and what he should be learning next. I was always cautious that his physical development was progressing slightly slower than some of my friends babies, he was a bit later when it came to sitting unaided and crawling. Of course he achieved everything at his own pace and just needed that little extra time to master some skills.  I was constantly wishing him to achieve the next milestone and once he had done so it was straight into what he was going to do next. I spent many hours sitting with him teaching him how to make a towers out of bricks, shape sorting and practicing throwing and catching a ball which of coarse he loved every minute of but I do believe he would of mastered all these skills independently if been given the opportunity to.

This time round it has been completely different, I've never paid much attention to milestones with Tommy. I've a ruff idea of what kind of developmental things he should be doing at each stage but am much more relaxed about when he achieves them. Of course I do make time to play with him and he gets plenty of attention. I encourage him with praise when he tries something new and I am delighted when he masters skills but it's very much baby led this time round. With Tommy being the second child naturally I don't have the same amount of time to spend one on one with him like I did with Oliver. Tommy has much more time to explore and play independently which I think has been great for his confidence. He loves to  explore how things work and enjoys sitting quietly on his own experimenting. He is learning skills in his own time and progression is much more organic. 

Don't get me wrong, I don't feel I did anything wrong with how I tried to encourage Oliver's development but this time am happy to sit back and take things a little slower. 

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