Every baby is different. From conception to pregnancy through the birth and into adulthood â€“ yet somehow we expect babies and toddlers to follow a set schedule.
â€˜Is he sleeping through the night yet?’
â€˜Are you still breastfeeding?’
â€˜What do you mean she never had purees?’
â€˜Isn’t it about time he potty trained?’
It’s all about the schedule, whoever’s schedule you happen to follow â€“ generally based on whichever book happened to be given during pregnancy.
I had such a reminder again this week of the differences between children. I was unpacking a box of books when I came cross a mother & baby book I’d been given during my pregnancy.Â For 20 â€“ 24 months it says:
Climbing up and down low furniture or climb frames is probably routinely attempted and achieved
Ameli at her first birthday party, climbing off the bouncy castle.
Some Â toddlers might try to jump up and down
Ameli at Longleat at 18 months. First time jumping on the trampoline was at 12 months. This is just our first recording.
If you have stairs, teach your child to come down them backwards, on hands and knees.
Not my preferredway, but since she’s been taking stairs one or two at a time since 8 months, that’s apparently become boring (I can’t findÂ the video of her taking the stairs like that, but when I do, I’ll add it.)
SoÂ yeah. Every child is different, and if you’re listening to your child, rather than the books, parenthood is going to be a much more enjoyable journey.
Did/does your child do things ‘by the book’? Do you even read ‘the book’?