One of the most bittersweet things about parenting is watching your baby grow up. I for one would love to be able to stop time right now, but like it or not my daughter is getting bigger and more independent all the time. It's amazing to watch, and sometimes I can't help but wonder what I did to gift her this this great little personality. Well, it turns out that there are tons of things you do every day that'll make your baby independent later in life. As a mom who's definitely prone to second guessing herself, it's great to know that some of the most important things we can do for our kids are things that are so simple.
Simple, however, does not necessarily mean easy. Emotionally, it can be hard to watch your baby become more independent (and it's especially heartbreaking when they get big enough to evade your snuggles). But ultimately, it's a good thing for both of you. As my baby becomes less dependent on me the bigger she gets, I've noticed that I'm slowly getting little increments of time back.
Here are seven things you're probably already doing that can have lifelong benefits for your baby.