I've been reading The Baby Whisperer today...trying to get ready to introduce solid foods to our 5 month old. Can she really be ready for that already? Matt and I were laughing because I was reading about the different types of babies....angel babies, touchy babies, grumpy babies, textbook babies, and spirited babies. We definitely have a spirited baby. Here's what it says about spirited babies:
ACTIVITIES: High energy, feisty, and very active. They are ready to jump into almost any situation, and exercise little impulse control or caution when they do. They are highly reactive and can be aggressive with peers. Because they're usually more cooperative in the morning, avoid afternoon play groups so they can wind down.
EATING: Babies can get impatient. If mom's too slow, she'll bob on and off, as if to say, "Hey, what gives?"
(**No picture of her eating...I know you'll appreciate that decision.)
SLEEP: As babies, they hate being swaddled, but you absolutely need to block out any visual stimulation. They tend to be resistant to naps or nighttime rituals, because they don't want to miss anything. If you're lucky, even though they sleep less in the morning, it will be followed by a long afternoon nap.
MOOD: When they want something, they want it now! Opinionated, very vocal, and often stubborn, their moods are mercurial, going quickly from happy to sad and back again. They love the action but also tend to overdo it, which can lead to a meltdown.
HOW THEY'RE OFTEN DESCRIBED: A handful. Always into something. I don't have the energy to keep up with her. She's fearless.
The author also goes on to say that spirited babies when handled properly are born leaders. They can become captains of sports teams in high school, and as adults, explorers and entrepreneurs who are fearless about plunging ahead where others have dared not go.
So there's a little insight into our daughter's personality... Sound like anyone else you know?????