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Can we just let babies be babies?

I promise you, the world will place plenty of expectations on them as they grow; we don’t need to start with them at birth and stress ourselves out.

I understand babies can be so confusing and mysterious, and I understand that our access to an abundance of information at our fingertips sometimes does more harm than good.

I also know that there are people out there that profit off of making you think that something is wrong with your baby so that they can sell you the solution.

In my work, I have noticed such a huge part of my job is just providing reassurance that your baby’s development and behaviours are within normal range, that you’re doing just fine, and no…you haven’t messed your baby up beyond repair.

Yes, it’s always good to keep an eye out if you truly feel that something is wrong, because early intervention is key, and you know your baby best.

As for the other behaviours:

  • babies crying

  • babies wanting to be near you

  • babies sucking their fingers

  • babies waking up at night

  • babies taking interest in their world

  • babies being weary of others, or taking interest in others

  • babies loving the car or hating the car

  • and more

…these are babies just being babies! They are all uniquely themselves and that’s what makes them so interesting.

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This post originally appeared on the @babiesandbrains Instagram account, and it has been published here with permission.


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