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Pikler and Gerber Theories: Putting Ideas into Practice and Questions / Issues

website 94By Helen Stewart-MacKenzie (with Arwen Hann) 
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Concepts such as ‘self-soothing’ (allowing babies to settle by themselves) and leaving babies to develop in their own time rather than pushing them to meet milestones cause much debate among parents and early childhood educators.

These debates include such things as whether babies should be allowed to cry it out and whether parents or educators should help children to achieve milestones such as sitting by propping them up.

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