Barkley has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season so far for the Blues and is tipped to be in England's World Cup squad for Brazil this summer, alongside Baines.
The 20-year-old midfielder has earned rave reviews for some of his performances but Baines says the level of expectation on his shoulders should not be too high.
He told Sky Sports: "Ross has burst on to the scene and the spotlight was thrust upon him straight away. He is a top player and a top talent for the country.
"We sometimes have a tendency to do that with young players. I think that it is important that we sometimes give them a bit of time and leeway to develop."