Temperament

From birth, a newborn has a character and manner of his own. Each baby has his own ways. Here are the kinds of differences you can see in babies:

  • How energetic they are;
  • How regular they are in terms of appetite, sleep and bowel movements;
  • Their reactions to new experiences;
  • Their ability to adapt to new things;
  • Their sensitivity to noise, light and texture;
  • How much they react to good and bad events;
  • Their mood;
  • Their ability to concentrate;
  • Their ability to persevere.

Take time to observe your baby to get to know him. Your observations are important. They will help you adjust how you treat and care for your child. You’ll also learn to guide your child in his learning and discoveries.

Some babies are considered “easy.” They wake and eat according to a regular schedule. They’re generally in a good mood and are somewhat active. These babies, like others, also need a routine but they adapt well to changes and new situations. In response, their parents simply learn their own way of taking care of them.

Other babies are “more sensitive.” The care and attention they need change from one day to the next. They don’t adapt as easily to new things and sometimes cry a lot. They may be irritable for a number of reasons. Some are more sensitive to light, others to noise and others to movement.

These children require flexibility and patience. Daily care becomes a routine that is good for them and reassures them. It’s important that you keep up your efforts to give warm and constant care even when your child is irritable and unhappy. Your presence and your calm make them feel better.

If your six-month old baby is very active, you can help him focus his attention and concentration. Looking at children’s books with him for several minutes is helpful. Over time, his interest and attention increase.

Some babies are more “cautious.” They’re calm and take time to observe before acting. They’re a little more timid about new activities. They take their time, and may resist change. Because they often make less noise and require less attention, they may seem to be more independent. But even though they take their time, they understand and learn to explore, to socialize and to play with others.

It is good to encourage them to discover new things at their own speed. Your child will feel understood, respected and encouraged in his learning. Be sure to take plenty of time to play often and regularly with your child even if he’s calm and undemanding. Quiet children need physical games too.