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Temperament

The slow-to-warm-up child -- This child tends to be negative when exposed to new situations, but displays their distaste without going off the deep end, and eventually seems to come around to accept things if given enough time. They have fairly regular eating, sleeping, and potty routines.
 
Learning the type of child you have can be helpful. If your infant is displaying "difficult child" characteristics, it is likely that they will be somewhat challenging for a greater part of their childhood. Getting them to settle down, stay settled, and maintain a routine will be, as they say, difficult. Calming a difficult crying baby can be hard. The trick is for you to remain as calm as you can. Remember, babies are in tune with their environment and can sense the emotions of their caretakers. By simply remaining calm, you are letting them know that they can ease up a little as well.
 

Embracing Your Child's Type

It is important to realize that your baby's temperament traits are not a reflection of your parenting skills or style. These characteristics are as controllable as the color of your child's hair! If you have a difficult baby and another parent has an easy baby, it in no way means that they are better at parenting.
 
It is better to learn about your child's tendencies and work with them, rather than trying in vain to change them. If you know that your baby is easily over-stimulated, do what you can to minimize the sights and sounds around them. If you know that your child is not quick to embrace new situations, give them more time to get used to things and be patient with them. Accepting your child's quirks will go a long way in helping you to maintain your sanity and minimize the battles.
 
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