Your baby is one of a kind. Babies are different in many ways:
- Rhythms Some babies eat, sleep, and even have bowel movements about the same time each day. Others never do the same thing from one day to the next.
- Approach or withdrawal Some babies shy away from new things, while others seek them out.
- Adaptability Some babies won’t take their formula if it isn’t the right temperature. Some babies can sleep only in their own cribs. Others do fine no matter where they are or with whom.
- Intensity of Reaction Some babies whimper quietly when they’re cold or hungry. Others howl as soon as they are unhappy.
- Level of Responsiveness Some babies notice the tiniest change around them. Others can sleep through thunderstorms.
All of these things make up your baby’s temperament or personality. Some combinations are easier to live with than others.
Some babies are active and predictable. They adapt easily to change and are usually happy.
Some babies pull away from new things a little and adapt slowly to change.
Some babies tend to be unpredictable and hard to comfort. They have a hard time with new situations and it takes them a long time to get used to change.
If your baby is hard to comfort, know:
Your baby is not doing this on purpose and is not bad. He can grow up to be as bright and loving as others. Your baby was born with this style of adapting, but it may change as he grows. This kind of baby needs caring and patient parents who will accept him and help him learn.
To help a baby who has a hard time dealing with new situations:
Introduce things slowly, so he gets accustomed to them. Pay attention to your baby’s signals, and watch how he reacts to the world. Over time, you will figure out how much change and activity are right for your baby. This style of adapting, which makes your baby seem hard to comfort, may help him when he is older. It may help him think for himself and not go along with the crowd.