I wondered that, too. We, too, joked around about discouraging Sprog's gross motor skills. (My big sister walked at NINE months!) We joked because we foresaw how wild it would be dashing after a mobile baby! But we never, ever discouraged her crawling and walking ... quite the opposite.
Originally Posted by hwin708
Still, we only ever joked about that to people who knew we were joking. If someone really did that - yikes. Like PP said, it's probably best not to say anything. If this is truly happening, the trouble runs deep and your saying something wouldn't help. And if by some chance you misunderstood the situation ... well that would complicate life!
I do know that youngests in big families can sometimes develop differently. We met the baby in a family of 8 doting bros and sisses and that kiddo wasn't doing ANYthing for herself... there was always someone to do it for her. (The parents were actually thinking about asking the siblings to back off a little and give baby some growing space.)
Often bumbling mother to baby girl "Sprog"
Born November, 2009