Unit 2: Understanding Your Baby’s Personality and How This Impacts Play
Today’s unit dives into your baby’s personality and how to identify your baby’s personality in 9 key areas.
And let me tell you, THIS is the secret sauce to mastering your play routine and feeling so deeply connected with your baby.
I strongly believe this is the piece of the puzzle that’s often missing or forgotten about. And once you’re able to really embrace your baby’s unique personality and use this information in your daily routine, you’re going to see a huge impact on your routine and your entire relationship with your baby.
Because this information is so important, this unit is longer than the rest in the course. But trust me, it’s well worth making the time to watch the videos and really embrace the importance of your baby’s personality.
Check out the first video above for an overview on your baby’s personality, why this is important, and some key reminders. Then dive into the second video to review each of the 9 personality traits we’re identifying in our babies.
DOES MY BABY REALLY HAVE A PERSONALITY YET? I THOUGHT THIS DIDN’T HAPPEN UNTIL THEY WERE OLDER.
Yes, absolutely! I’ve worked with hundreds of babies from all over the world and you can absolutely notice your baby’s personality as early as a few hours old.
Of course, when your baby is really tiny, they spend a lot of time sleeping and aren’t quite as skills at expressing their emotions. This increases as your baby gets older, which is why we often say they grow into their personality as they get older.
However, if you know what to look for, you’ll begin to notice several different personality traits in your baby, which gives you the clues to better understanding and connecting with your baby.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BASE OUR PLAY ROUTINE OFF OF MY BABY’S PERSONALITY?
Have you ever been around someone who’s personality was polar opposites from yours and you constantly felt stressed as they pressured you to go outside of your comfort zone or didn’t give you the time you needed to unwind or regroup?
This is how our babies feel if we don’t consider their unique personality traits. Which means it’s pretty tough to optimize our daily routine if we don’t know anything about our baby’s unique personality.
And it might be even more challenging for them than it is for us because they haven’t learned any coping skills to deal with this stress and they don’t know how to tell us what they’re struggling with.
But once you learn how to identify and really respect your baby’s unique personality traits, you can make small tweaks to your daily routine to build in what your baby needs to feel calm, supported, and connected to you while thriving throughout their daily routine.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PERSONALITY TRAITS I CAN LOOK FOR?
In this unit, we do a deep dive into 9 key personality traits that you can begin to identify in your baby, how to tell what end of the spectrum your baby fits into for each of these, and quick wins you can use in your play routine right away for each of these personality traits:
1. Energy Level
This guide has for step-by-step explanations on each of these temperament types and how to identify these in your baby.
ASSIGNMENT: REVIEW THE BABY PERSONALITY GUIDE AND THINK ABOUT EACH OF YOUR BABY’S TEMPERAMENT TRAITS.
1. Flip through the Baby Personality Guide and identify which column your baby fits into for each of the temperament traits, or which one your baby falls somewhere in the middle.
2. Identify which of the personality traits really stand out for your baby and which temperaments are less prevalent right now.
I’d love for you to email me your thoughts and any questions you have as you work through this guide.
COMING NEXT: BECOMING A MASTER GARDENER TO CULTIVATE YOUR BABY’S OPTIMAL GROWTH
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