Hug a Little Longer, Play a Little Longer, Frolic Together a Little Longer

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Baby P was a late crawler and a late walker. Fortunately, this gross-motor delay had nothing to do with her development and everything to do with me, her adoring helicopter Mama. You see, I held her and strolled her and wore her—a lot. Like, all-the-time a lot. And, so, she was spoiled, and I was spoiled, and we were both happily content being physically close and entirely codependent. (Sounds healthy, no?)

Alas at her 12-month wellness visit, her pediatrician recommended physical therapy—and some much-needed (though I refused to admit it at the time!) separation. My little girl had to be given the space to grow and thrive—and that had to start with me admitting that she was no longer an itty-bitty helpless infant. (Sniff-sniff.) She had to gain confidence in her capable body, and I had to snip the veritable umbilical cord that was enabling her to rely exclusively on Mommy. It was my job to empower her—“let go of my hand and trust your own two feet, my love. But I will be right here if and when you need me!”

We started PT sessions with some early trial, error, triumphs, and failures, and I, reluctantly, but decisively, put the stroller in the garage and the baby carrier in the closet, insisting that we practice our shaky steps at home, at school pick-up, and even in the aisles of the grocery store. It wasn’t easy at first, one day, P woke up and it was like a light bulb went off in her head. She just decided, “Imma do this.” And, so, she did.

A few months later, and I can barely remember a time when P couldn’t walk. Now, she is off for the races all day every day, and I can barely keep up. Still, despite her tremendous progress, she remains slightly behind and continues to need daily practice. And that’s why I take her for frequent trips to the playground—so she can exert energy, be active, and gain confidence and independence in a fun, safe, and controlled environment.

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Every morning, I get Big Brother ready for school and Baby Sister ready for our solo time together. I put her in a trusty Huggies Snug & Dry Diaper and we’re all set to go! I relish our mommy-and-me play dates, exploring new parks and embarking on new adventures—feeding the ducks by the pond, seeking out new slides, interacting on the swings, and monkeying around by the monkey bars. Occasionally we even invite Daddy! I’ll try to scoop her up for a kiss, but she fights to be out of my arms and on the ground—she just wants to show off all her new skills.

Sometimes I’ll pack a picnic lunch for us to enjoy together. (P definitely works up an appetite with all that moving!) A few bites into her meal, and she’s fueled up and ready for more. I love that we can stay longer and play longer thanks to Huggies Snug & Dry Diapers. I don’t worry about stopping to change her—because I know she’s well protected. (And, BTW, now that she’s no longer immobile, diaper changes have become something of a hilarious wrestling match—of which she usually wins.)

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With long-lasting, 12-hour protection, these diapers surround my baby—so we can walk and run and play and climb and swing and frolic and hug a little longer—if only she’d slow down long enough to let me hold her!

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