With the help of the Baby Personality Quiz (http://www.webmd.boots.com/
Whether the child is feisty or easy-going, the answer to identifying its personality and behaviour patterns lies in a number of key areas. According to paediatrician Dr William Carey, author of 'Understanding Your Child's Temperament', these include:
Activity/energy level - if the child has high or low energy levels, parents need to look for ways to keep them moving at a pace that's comfortable for them
Approach to newness - a naturally hesitant or shy baby will need extra reassurance and patience to overcome their shyness
Intensity - if a baby is laid back, they can get lost in the shuffle of family life and vice versa. If the baby is intense they must be taught to deal with the curves of life
Sensitivity - if a baby has high sensitivity to lights, noise or texture, parents must be patient and look for ways to avoid sensory overload such as the lighting and the type of clothes the baby wears.
Regularity - if everything is unpredictable, potty, naps, moods, parents have to let go of their controlling ways and loosen up. Conversely, if a baby likes structure, parents might have to adhere to the schedule they crave
Persistence - puzzles are great tools to lengthen attention span, along with a daily dose of bedtime reading.
Overall mood - parents should take the time to observe their baby's daily patterns and what makes them smile for a happier baby.
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