Different types of infant temperaments and how to cope with them?
Normal infant temperament is difficult to define. There is wide range of what is considered as normal infant temperament.
Therefore, if a parent is concerned if behavior of her infant falls into normal behavior, the answer most likely is yes.
There are three broad categories of infant temperament that are often used as guidelines for determining “normal” infant behavior. Babies who fall into any of these categories are considered “normal.”
Some babies can display the characteristics from more than one category and that is considered normal too.. This, too, is perfectly normal.
Not every baby will fit neatly into one category or another.
These categories are general guidelines. Babies are unique and therefore there would be variations.
Generally infant temperament is divided into easy, slow-to-warm-up, and difficult.
- Most babies have this temperament. they are us usually in good moods.
- They eat on regular schedule
- React mildly to hunger or other discomfort.
- Adjust easily and quickly to new situations and changes in routine.
- Can be easily calmed when fussy
With these babies, parenting is easy and rewarding. However, some easy babies may be so undemanding that their parents think their babies don’t need them and spend less time stimulating their babies and relating to them.
But this should not happen and parents with babies who have easy infant temperaments should keep in mind that their babies need lots of parental time and attention.
- Generally seem shy
- They need more time than easy babies to open up to new people and experiences. May even reject or withdraw from anything or anybody new.
- They approach life cautiously and are watchful of surroundings
- may quickly become overstimulated.
- Respond slowly and quietly to hunger and other discomforts.
Parents need to be very patient with these babies and try to introduce their babies to new situations often, calmly and slowly.
These babies must be provided with enough time to adopt because they require greater period.
In case of overstimulation, parents should know when to remove their babies.
- engage in almost constant physical activity
- May seem restless at times
- Usually easily distracted.
- Respond vigorously to hunger and other discomforts.
- Loud and intense cry
- Very hard to soothe when fussy.
- Very light sleepers,
- Demand a great deal of attention from parents.
Parents of these babies must not blame themselves for their babies’ temperament.
They should try to focus on protecting their children from events and situations that are upsetting. Parents should remain as calm and patient possible.
The characteristics of difficult temperaments disappear or diminish by age of one year.
How to Find Infant Temperaments?
- Observe babies carefully
- Make note of
- Eating and sleeping patterns
- Adaptation to new situations
- General mood.
Some children would easily fit into one or other category whereas others may express characteristics of more than one category.
The basic rule is that there is wide range e of what is considered to be normal infant behavior.
The best tip for the parents is to accept their children for the individuals they are, and learn their likes and dislikes and develop best possible relationship.