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Baby Personality Quiz: Tips for Dealing With Your Baby’s Unique Type

Need help determining your baby's temperament? Take this WebMD quiz and find out what makes your baby one of a kind.

The Results

The questions were based on a list of key traits outlined by Pediatrician William Carey, MD, author of Understanding Your Child's Temperament. The traits include:

  • Activity/energy level
  • Approach to newness
  • Intensity
  • Sensitivity
  • Regularity
  • Adaptability
  • Distractibility
  • Persistence
  • Overall mood

1: Activity/Energy Level

  1. High
  2. Low
  3. Medium

To be in synch with baby, if she's high energy, you need to look for ways to keep her moving but not at a frenetic pace. If she's low energy, you need to make sure you don't take the easy way out and park her in front of the television.

2. Approach to Newness

  1. High
  2. Medium
  3. Low

If your baby loves new things, lucky you! But if you find he's naturally hesitant or shy, he will need extra reassurance and patience.

3. Regularity

  1. Low
  2. High
  3. Medium

If everything is unpredictable -- potty, naps, moods -- you're going to have to let go of your control freak ways and loosen up. If your baby likes structure, you might have to give up your let-it-all-hang-out ways and give him the schedule he craves.

4. Intensity

  1. High
  2. Medium
  3. Low

If your baby's intense, you're going to have to teach him how to handle the curves of life and how to channel that energy in positive ways. If he's laid back, you've still got some challenges -- he can get lost in the shuffle of family life, and you might become a slacker in terms of providing the same life lessons that a more intense child would demand.

5. Sensitivity

  1. Low
  2. Medium
  3. High

If your baby has high sensitivity to lights, noise, or texture, be patient -- and look for ways to avoid sensory overload. Watch the volume dial; examine the lighting and the type of clothes she's in.

6. Persistence

  1. High
  2. Medium
  3. Low

If your baby is intrigued for a long time solving a problem, let him go. If he has the attention span of a gnat, don't lose faith. He's still a baby. And actually puzzles are great tools to lengthen attention span -- along with a daily dose of bedtime reading.

7. Overall Mood

  1. Glass half-empty
  2. Glass half-full
  3. Glass?! Get me my bottle!

Remember, mommies can get moody too. And although everybody wants a happy baby, accept your baby's uniqueness if she's not always full of smiles. That said, if Baby seems too nervous or fretful, make sure you're not harried or overscheduled and you have the time to truly observe her daily patterns -- and what does make her smile. And remember, Happy Mother can make for Happy Baby.

Reviewed on July 21, 2008

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