4 baby personality types
Just as each of us as individuals has different personalities, each individual baby is different. This expert article about baby personality types will help you to get to know your baby and understand your baby’s temperament will help you understand better how to respond and meet your baby’s needs.
As a parent how you respond to your baby and alter that response as need be, based on your baby’s cues will impact positively on your baby’s response to her world around her. Taking the time over the initial first few months to get to know your baby will have a more positive impact for your baby than trying to impose routines and schedules which are more adult-directed and can be more distressing for your baby. There are four main personality types.
See which one best describes your baby. This will help you understand how your baby responds to stimulation from his environment, how you should alter your response to meet your baby’s needs and in doing so help your baby remain calm and alert during his awake times and develop good sleeping habits for the long term.
1. The Sociable Baby
This baby loves interaction with both her environment and other people. She loves to be held and loves the company of others preferring not to be on her own. Your baby loves to be in the company of others and does not like to be left alone. She also loves to be carried. Whilst loving stimulation from others and the environment, your baby is very prone to becoming overstimulated very quickly without warning because she seeks so much stimulation and her brain is not yet mature enough to deal with all the stimulation.
2. The Slow To Warm Up Baby
This baby is sensitive to change and takes a while to adjust to new situations. He likes reassurance from his parents and prefers to be close to his parents and is happiest when on your lap helping him to remain calm. Your baby likes predictability and is easily upset with changes.
He loves routines. Without a routine he can be hard to manage, often needing to be soothed via feeding or being carried. The slow to warm up baby is easily overwhelmed by stimulation from his environment and new situations. However, as he gets used to a new sensation he will tend to become calmer and will settle better.
3. The Settled Baby
This baby personality type tends to feed and sleep with ease and copes well with stimulation from his environment. Your baby tends to be the baby you hear about who sleeps through the night. However, their development tends to be a little slower than the other personality types as they are content watching the world go by as opposed to being inquisitive and explorative. This baby tends to filter stimulation from the environment well so does not tend to be easily woken by noises etc when sleeping.
4. The Sensitive Baby
As a sensitive baby, they are very alert to their surroundings. Your baby can take a long time to settle and tends to be fussy. Due to their sensitivities to their surroundings, tasks such as breastfeeding can get off to a difficult start due to sensitivities to the feel of the nipple, touch of Mums’ skin and the smell of the breast milk. Your sensitive baby can take longer to develop the skill to self soothe and is very easily overwhelmed by stimulation from the environment.
It is best to feed your baby in a quiet room without distractions for your baby and persist with helping your baby to soothe as your baby does not learn the ability to self soothe as easy as some of the other personality type babies. Your assistance is also needed to filter out stimulation from the environment as your baby does not cope very well with stimulation which may make life more challenging for your baby.
About Fiona O'Farrell
Fiona O’Farrell is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist Specialising in Baby Development, Baby Sleep Difficulties and Premature babies for over 15 years. Fiona is validated By the Department of Health and is a Board Director of Irish Neonatal Health Alliance. Fiona is also Mum to 3 young children.
Fiona reassures parent’s ways to give their baby the best start in life thereby helping their baby to develop to their full potential and develop positive long term healthy sleeping patterns.
Fiona’s approach is totally baby focused. Fiona contributes regularly to the media and provides corporate talks and talks to Health care Staff.
To connect with Fiona visit www.fionaofarrell.ie or get social with her on Facebook or Twitter.
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