It starts out innocent enough.
Oh, my Billy started crawling 5 months old and it was just the cutest thing ever.
That’s exciting! My Jill started crawling at 4 months old. I just knew she was so smart and she was gonna figure it out young.
Well, my Sally pretty much scooted to her toy at 8 weeks and it wasn’t long after that when she was moving all over the place.
I swear I could see Timmy signing to me in his 3D ultrasound!
STOP! Stop comparing, stop one-upping, and for-goodness-sake stop forcing obsessive compulsive competitiveness down your child’s throat before they can actually create a complex thought.
Seriously, think about it from a baby’s perspective…he’s just sitting there, enjoying life, cooing or babbling away. There is nothing going through his mind about trying to do something any faster or better than any other baby out there. Plus, what does that really get you anyway? Milestones like those don't dictate how much smarter, healthier, or better a baby is going to be. There are far too many variables contributing to that.
All you are really doing is adding undue stress to a situation that you should be trying to minimize stress in. My son will be 8 months old in about 02 days and he isn't crawling. Okay, well…..I mean he did get up on all fours really early and he does scoot and he did move each knee and each arm forward at least once in the same forward moving event soooo – see what I’m doing there?
He doesn’t crawl yet, but he will. Plus, I have more important things to worry about since having a new baby; like whether my bladder will ever be the same, figuring out how to survive on minimal sleep, and how to make sure that my family generally stays weaved together. For me, I'm going to try to stop sweating it.
My baby is, however, a happy and healthy little boy who is perfectly content doing exactly what he does, which happens to be rock back and forth and scoot…with an occasional little hop that makes me giggle.