Every parent wants to protect her child. Naturally, you want your baby to stay safe as he enjoys life to the fullest, and to avoid upset and injury if at all possible. But the line between reasonable safety precautions and overprotectiveness can become blurred.
Overprotection stems from love and a desire to prevent harm – and that’s nothing to feel guilty about. On the plus side, a baby who is sheltered from life’s knocks remains unscathed from the stresses and strains of everyday life that other children his own age may experience.
He is less likely to hurt himself (for example, he isn’t allowed to play anywhere unsupervised) and less likely to become upset (he is allowed to play only with gentle kids who won’t be aggressive towards him).