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The behavior of a baby or child is not always the same, they respond to the type of character, temperament or the particular circumstances of each one.
There are three broad categories of child temperament that are used as guides in determining "standard" child behavior. Some babies fit well into any of these categories, but it is normal for babies to show common characteristics in more than one category. The three categories of childhood temperament are: pleasant, reserved, and difficult.
Most babies have a pleasant temperament and have the following characteristics:
- They are generally in a good mood.
- They adapt easily and quickly to new situations and changes in routine.
- They show a regular schedule to eat.
- When they are hungry or something bothers them, they usually react in a pleasant way.
- When they are restless, they usually find ways to calm down and comfort themselves.
- These babies have a good character.
Tips for parents of babies with pleasant temperaments
Dealing with good-natured babies is generally easy and a very rewarding experience. Some babies demand so little that parents think their baby doesn't need them. For this reason, some parents spend less time stimulating and communicating with their babies. Parents with easy-tempered babies should keep in mind that their babies need a lot of time and attention, even though they are not very demanding.
Babies with a reserved temperament have the following characteristics:
- They are generally shy.
- They need more time than other babies to adapt to strangers and new experiences.
- Quiet babies may even reject or walk away from something or someone new.
- They take life with caution.
Rather than being physically active, they are more likely to carefully observe what is going on around them.
- They can get nervous easily and when this happens, they recoil turning their eyes or walking away.
- They react slowly and quietly to hunger and other ailments. This makes it difficult for parents to know when their babies are hungry or uncomfortable.
Tips for parents of babies with reserved temperaments
Parents of reserved babies must be very patient. These parents should try to expose their babies to new situations more often, but they should do it slowly and calmly. Reserved babies gradually adapt to new situations, but you have to give them the time they need, without pressure. Parents should pay attention to their babies' signs of agitation and should know when to remove them from such situations when they occur.
Babies with difficult temperaments usually have the following characteristics:
- They are almost always busy in physical activities.
- Babies with this type of character are sometimes very restless and easily distracted.
- They respond vigorously to hunger and other ailments.
- Their crying is often loud and intense.
- Sometimes these babies are difficult to comfort when they are fussy and have difficulty comforting themselves.
- These babies are usually a light sleeper, and require too much attention from their parents.
Tips for Parents of Babies with Difficult Temperaments
Parents of difficult babies often feel guilty and mistakenly believe they are responsible for their baby's temperament. These guilty emotions can cause feelings of incompetence and anxiety. Parents of babies with difficult temperaments should not feel guilty about their babies' temperaments. Instead, they should focus on protecting their children from unpleasant situations and events by establishing a daily routine.
Parents of these babies should try to remain calm and patient, and should not make too much demands on their children. These parents should also know that their babies will not always have this type of temperament. As babies approach their first birthday, many of the characteristics of difficult temperament will have diminished or disappeared.
Parents should observe their babies carefully to determine what type of temperament they have, according to their eating and sleeping habits, their reactions to new situations, and their disposition towards people. In some cases, babies may show characteristics from one or more categories. Parents should not be surprised or disappointed with their baby's temperament. Instead, parents must accept their children for who they are, and learn their likes and dislikes. This will help parents develop the best possible relationship with their children.
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