Why Playing the Comparison Game is Counterproductive for Everyone
Now that your baby is regularly using her hands to grasp and transfer toys, she might also be using them to explore her own body. If she seems to be interested in her private parts during bath time or diaper changes, don’t sweat it. Believe us, we know it seems really early for your little cherub to be feeling around “down there,” but body exploration is perfectly natural — if it makes you feel any better, babies start checking out their equipment during development in the womb. So even if it seems too soon, it’s actually already been going on for ages. No big deal.
It’s also around this time that you might be able to definitively identify your baby’s personality traits. You might notice that he seems more outgoing, sensitive, or physical than your friends’ or family members’ babies. This is perfectly natural. Just like adults, babies are unique individuals with their own sets of likes and dislikes, which is why playing the comparison game is counterproductive for everybody. If you do find that you have concerns about his social or emotional development, consult his pediatrician rather than fretting over perceived differences between him and other babies his age. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Speaking of social development, how is your social life looking? Having a baby changes a lot of things, including your relationships with many of the key players in your life — like your partner, your friends, and even your own parents. Take time to nurture the connections that are important to you and let those you love know how they can be a part of your life (hey, sometimes people aren’t sure exactly how they fit into the new scene), but don’t feel guilty for growing apart from people who aren’t ready to come along for the ride as your family grows.