What's Your Baby's Personality?

Take this QUIZ to find out which personality type your infant has and how it relates to getting a good night's sleep.

BabySleepMadeSimple.com
On Mar 11, 2018

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Laid Back Baby

Laid Back Baby

If you have a laid back baby, count your lucky stars! Your little one is highly portable, flexible with meal times and doesn’t melt down at the end of the day.

He’s often described as mellow or easy and spends most of the day smiling. He’s never had much of a problem entertaining himself and enjoys the company of others.

Laid back babies often enter the world peacefully and give mom and dad several weeks to months of decent sleep.

Night feedings are fairly simple - baby feeds and goes back to sleep. With a laid back baby you can be lulled into thinking bringing up baby is the simplest thing in the world. You may even wonder why other mothers have such a hard time.

But even the easiest of babies can develop sleep troubles, usually caused by a sleep regression, inconsistent daily routine, travel or sickness.

Because you never had to Google baby sleep advice (imagine that?!) you didn’t know much about sleep associations or regressions, and inadvertently taught your little one that he needs to eat or be rocked to go back to sleep. You thought you were helping!

The good news is that laid back babies respond well to the structure of sleep training for naps & night sleep- and will be back on track sleeping better right away.

Even though laid back babies are resilient, they thrive on structure and predictability. They are still babies after all, and by nature they don’t complain. So you have to take charge and know what is best for them. That helps them feel secure.

A familiar daily routine should be followed, with meals and naps occurring at the same time each day.

It’s important to remember that your easy-going baby still has the same sleep needs as other babies and not to unintentionally deny him needed naps and early bedtime, causing over-tiredness.

Many more tips & tricks to come inside Baby Sleep Made Simple's sleep programs.

* Quiz adapted from Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau

Predictable

Predictable

Your predictable baby will give you few curve balls as a parent. Although she isn’t as mellow as a laid back baby, you can meet her needs easily. She fusses and rubs her eyes- she’s sleepy. She drools, chews on everything and whimpers- she’s teething. She’s easy to read!

She’s happy on her own, but only for about 15-20 minutes, just like the books say. Predictable babies fuss and complain like other babies. The difference is that they’re easy to console because they have typical baby cues. You probably haven’t had to deal with too many long-winded crying sessions, not knowing what to do.

As you may expect, your predictable baby will be status quo as you teach her healthy sleep habits. While she may not learn as quickly as a laid back baby, chances are she won’t leave you too puzzled. She will adapt as according to plan, hiccups and all, and sleep well afterwards. She’s so predictable!

As with all babies, you need to stay consistent during sleep regressions, because she’ll probably be affected. But it shouldn’t be too much of a worry. Predictable babies help keep parents on track, because they see success after following the advice of Jilly with sleep training.

Many more tips & tricks to come inside Baby Sleep Made Simple's sleep programs.

* Quiz adapted from Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau

Sensitive

Sensitive

Your sensitive baby doesn’t miss a thing! This perceptive little one sees, hears, smells and feels at a higher frequency than others. He reminds you of things you may not notice- like an itchy shirt tag, a strong scent or voices getting louder.

For your baby, an outing is an overwhelming sensory experience. While other babies seem to tolerate being passed from person to person, or a crowded room, your baby gets overwhelmed and fussy.

It’s probably been difficult for you to develop any sort of daily routine. What worked yesterday isn’t going so well today. Your baby fusses often, and many times you’re not sure why.

He seems to need “down time” after visitors or outings and feeds best when his environment is quiet and relaxed. Sensitive babies may have difficulty relaxing enough to fall asleep. You probably spend much more time holding, rocking and bouncing your baby than other moms- it’s the only thing that works!

Your sensitive little one thrives on familiarity. More so than other babies, he needs a very regular routine, otherwise life gets too overwhelming. He takes time to warm up to new people or places. These emotive little guys give parents plenty of opportunities to provide love, support and encouragement.

Pay extra attention to his cues. If you can learn his way of communicating it will ease a lot of stress and worry.

Your baby is easily affected by change, so his best bet for sleeping well at night is adhering to your Ideal Bedtime, Peaceful Nightly Ritual and a sleep space that is dark, quiet and boring. No mobiles or night lights.

Same goes for naps. He'll nap best with consistent nap times, a calming pre-nap routine and a nap-friendly space. (Which Jilly describes in detail in her naps program.)

Sensitive babies do well when predictability and consistency are the basis of their days/nights. Many parents find that if they record their baby’s sleep patterns, as erratic as they might seem, they will find a hidden pattern that's key for identifying sleep issues.

Many more tips & tricks to come inside Baby Sleep Made Simple's sleep programs.

* Quiz adapted from Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau

Adventurous

Adventurous

There’s no question of who’s in charge with an Adventurous baby- they are! These assertive little ones seem to enter the world with a CEO mentality. They know what they like and dislike- and so will you. They are loud, energetic and enthusiastic about everything.

Your adventurous baby probably gained neck control, and started rolling over and scooting long before her peers.

She wakes up yelling for you. Or at you? Your Adventurous one doesn’t want to be on her own very long. She’s constantly seeking your attention.

Everyone knows when she enters the room. She often shrieks with excitement, takes control and grabs other babies’ toys (and hair.) She’s a force to be reckoned with! While other babies play nicely with their toys, she destroys hers.

You’re constantly reminding your Adventurous baby to be gentle, slow down and take turns on the playground. You describe your baby as “aggressive, but in a playful way.”

The truth is, she’s a sweetheart. She gets energized by life, people and new activities- and that energy comes out at high volumes. She reminds you of all the fun there is to be had.

It’s important to give your Energizer bunny a long winding-down period every evening, to relax and prepare for bed. Dim the lights, use quieter voices, and put the dogs outside- she finds everything so stimulating. The world is an endless array of energy sources.

You may need to stretch out the Peaceful Nightly Ritual so any unused energy has time to dissipate. Adventurous babies often fight bedtime if it’s being rushed. You may not include a bath if it revs her up too much. Keep her bedroom very dark and distraction-free, like with Sensitive babies. No mobiles, night lights or toys near the bed.

Same goes for naps- keep the distractions to a minimum. Don't let her convince you that she doesn't need as much sleep as other babies... all that "energy" is often over-tiredness in disguise. She needs consistent naps everyday, just like the rest of 'em!

You know that having an Adventurous baby requires a lot of parental energy, patience and stamina. So you need your sleep too!

Many more tips & tricks to come inside Baby Sleep Made Simple's sleep programs.

* Quiz adapted from Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg & Melinda Blau