Why is every baby I see...

United States
April 27, 2007 12:15pm CST
bigger than mine? And more developed too? I saw my old friend yeterday and her baby who is 3 months older then Stephanie. She is huge compared to her. I have another friend with a baby 2 weeks older than Stephanie and she is so much more advanced. She is walking and knows sign language. Is it my fault that Stephanie isn't that 'smart'? Should I be engaging her more and teaching her more? I try to teach her as much as I can.
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@KissThis (3008)
• United States
27 Apr 07
You shouldn't compare children. Each child developws at their own rate. That doesn't mean that you are doing a bad job parenting. If you are concerned I would have a talk with your daughters doctor to express your concerns.
@wachit14 (3601)
• United States
27 Apr 07
I think it's natural instinct for parents to compare their children, but remember that there is a wide range in terms of growth, both physically and intellectually, especially with babies. If you are worried about her growth progress, talk to your pediatrician to make sure she is being charted properly. As for her intellectual growth, every child develops at their own pace regardless of stimulation. They take from their environment what they need and if you are providing her with appropriate stimulation, then she will develop at her own pace. This has nothing to do at all with how smart she is. Don't underestimate your child. She may very well be quite smart in the long run and the other kids may be trying to catch up to her at some point.