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What do you think of when someone mentions a baby? Perhaps, the first thing that comes to mind is how cute they are and how much we love them. We care for them, feed them, change their diapers, tuck them in at night with a kiss on the forehead and then read their favorite bedtime story. But as time goes by – not only does our responsibilities grow but so does theirs! As babies get older they have more responsibility for themselves; it’s called being independent. A baby’s gotta do what a baby’s gotta do! One of the most important things they have to learn as they grow up is how to take care of themselves. Babies need to know how and when it’s ok for them put their own needs first, because even though mama said she would always be there – that might not always be true. It starts with learning self-care through being able to soothe themselves by regulating emotions and showing empathy towards others and then understanding the importance of good hygiene (as well as safety). This gets harder but sometimes more difficult tasks are necessary if we ever want our babies to become independent adults who can live on their own someday. But before these skills are mastered, parents still need


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