infant temperaments and how they relate to us as parents

 Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast

#7: “Is She a Good Baby?” Exploring Infant Temperaments

with Ann McKitrick


There’s one question people commonly ask new parents that I can’t stand. And that’s, “is she a good baby?” Everyone wants an easy baby! But that’s such a broad description when there’s so much that goes into infant temperaments. What’s an “easy baby” anyways? One that sleeps well, doesn’t cry too much, and smiles a lot? Is that even realistic for a newborn?

In this episode of Parenting in the First 3 Years, we’ll explore why some babies seem to be easier than others. Hint: a lot of it has to do with your temperament as well!

Here’s a glance at this episode…

  • [01:43] I was NOT an “easy” baby
  • [04:07] What do people mean when they ask “Is she a good baby?”
  • [04:59] The 9 traits used to describe infant temperaments
  • [08:28] My thoughts on the Baby Wise method
  • [10:18] Is your and your baby’s temperament compatible?
  • [11:38] A quiz to identify you and your baby’s temperament
  • [12:35] What you can do today with this information

Listen now!

Resources on Infant Temperaments

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Articles to learn more:

The One Question About My Baby I Can’t Stand… (written by my daughter Megan!)

Tuning Into Temperament

Maternal mental health and early childhood temperament during the COVID-19 pandemic – The International Congress of Infant Studies

What Is Baby Temperament? (9 Temperament Traits) – MomLovesBest

Night and Day: Are Siblings as Different in Temperament as Parents Say They Are?


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