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this is one of those serendipitous critiques. Members of the Critique Club have no control over which image they receive next. The last one I did, just a while ago, was from EL-ROI, and also featured a cute little baby whose image made me giggle. here we go again. Oddly enough, though your sweet child has a few more years under her belt, the critiques could be close to identical.
First, you both received decent scores. I think you probably know kid images, unless they are spectacularly wild, will rarely make the front page. Still, one hopes to get close. I do wonder if a different crop might have made some difference. Say, take the crop from the right (top to bottom) from the child's ear and take it 1/2 the way through the plaid blanket. That centers the action on the cute kid.
Then, and I know you say you are not conversant with Photoshop to any degree, but when you are, try selecting out the background area that is left and blurring it even further than you already did with your excellent exposure.
Other than that, I have nothing to add to your already excellent subject matter and your fine cooperation of your subject.
I hope you find this critique helpful.