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Age by Age Guide to Your Baby's Personality Development

by Alison Wood | April 15, 2013 12:00 AM
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Being a parent is an important job. A parent's main prerogative should be the healthy development of his or her child's social, physical and spiritual life. Knowing the attributes and characteristics of your baby's personality development is key to helping him or her have an overall positive personality.

Birth to Six Months

During an infant's first few months, he is almost entirely consumed with his own personal needs. Sleeping, eating and staying clean and comfy is what makes up his tiny world. As your child's main caregiver, seek to meet these needs, but also try to get him involved with others.

When family members and close friends come for a visit, encourage them to hold, cuddle and rock your little one. Ask them to engage in conversation with your infant instead of just talking about or around him. After six weeks of age, set aside about 10 or 15 minutes everyday for tummy time. By lying your infant on his tummy, he gets to view the world from a different perspective. Older siblings can take this time and interact with your little one on the floor. Ask the older siblings or playmates to speak to the baby and ask him questions. Engaging at younger ages helps little ones see that there are other people in the world -- not just themselves.

Babies at this age also enjoy lots of cuddle time. Take care to set time aside for just rocking and singing to your little one. Don't rush through baths, diaper changes, feeding and other daily tasks. Instead, talk to your baby about the day's happenings, what color he is wearing and how much you love him. Frequent, loving interaction throughout the day has many positive benefits to an infant's developing personality.

Six to Nine Months

As your bambino reaches six months old, he has become more playful. Many babies can now sit up and enjoy interacting with others even more. Games of peek-a-boo, patty-cake and action songs are all enjoyed by many young babies. Once a baby comes into the age range of six to nine months he is typically less clingy to his mother. Use this time to let your little one play with other babies his age. Another pro about babies this age is they are less likely to fight over a toy. Skirmishes between babies this age are less likely and short-lived. Six to nine-month olds are less possessive, and more easy-going. They are full of giggles and smiles!

At this age, your little one is pretty predictable. Shopping trips are easily planned as feeding and diapering sessions have become more regular. Your baby is also probably taking two naps a day which frees up your schedule to run errands or complete extra chores around the house.

9 to 12 Months

Your little munchkin is not only developing quickly in mobility, but is also developing stronger personality traits. If he is a stubborn child, the stubbornness may begin to peak at this age. If he is a dramatic, whiny child these characteristics will also become more evident during this time. Most of these attributes will become strong and blaring by the time your bambino reaches two.

Leaving your baby with a sitter or family member during the first six months of his life has always been an easy task. You give a kiss, hug and wave good-bye as you walk out the door. He sits, smiles and barely acknowledges your exit. But now, he is clinging to your legs and hot tears are pouring down his face. He becomes louder as the sitter or family member tries to pull him away and console him. This is typical separation anxiety and is especially common for 12, 18 and 24 month aged babies and toddlers.

Your more independent, yet clingy little one is also becoming somewhat of an explorer. He wants to touch the grass, see how far he can throw an object and wants to see just how many pots and pans mom has tucked away in the kitchen. He rips up tissue and paper over and over just to hear the crinkle and rip sounds. He throws his sippy cup down on the floor and giggles to see just how many times his mom or dad will pick it back up. Yep. That little stinker is getting very smart and wants to soak up anything and everything he can learn.

This is a great age to introduce simple crafts and books. Try letting your little one enjoy finger painting or taping colorful pictures onto a piece of construction paper. Find books with lots of textures for him to touch and explore. Doing simple crafts and reading books can help you interact with your little one even more.

At every stage in your baby's life, seek to mold a positive personality through love, training and lots of interaction.

Alison Wood is a stay-at-home mom of six and freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys raising her six children and desires to share her experiences to help other mothers.

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