WHAT’S YOUR BABY’S sleep PER­SON­AL­ITY?

Dis­cover the se­crets that will help her sleep more eas­ily…

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Special Report -

Once you know your baby’s key char­ac­ter­is­tics, you’ll dis­cover what helps her to set­tle and sleep

Fact: some ba­bies sleep more eas­ily than oth­ers. Some lit­tle ones nat­u­rally sleep through the night when they’re no more than a few weeks old, nap when they’re meant to and carry on snooz­ing even when their teeth are com­ing through. And some don’t do any of these things. Why? It’s all to do with their tem­per­a­ment: their in­di­vid­ual, in­built traits and ten­den­cies.

“Tem­per­a­ment is a deeply in­grained thing,” says sleep con­sul­tant and au­thor Ni­cole John­son. “We’re all born with cer­tain ten­den­cies and we can’t change them, but we do learn ways of mod­i­fy­ing them as we grow up.”

Some tem­per­a­men­tal traits make sleep eas­ier, and oth­ers make it harder to come by. “And once you know your baby’s key char­ac­ter­is­tics, you’ll dis­cover what helps her to set­tle and sleep,” says Ni­cole.

There are five sec­tions to the M&B sleep per­son­al­ity quiz, each of which will help you de­ter­mine a dif­fer­ent el­e­ment of your baby’s sleep per­son­al­ity. Your an­swers will re­veal where she is on the spec­trum for each trait: for ex­am­ple, if she’s sen­si­tive or chilled. If you dis­cover she’s at the end of the spec­trum that hin­ders sleep, then we have all the tried-and-tested se­crets you need to im­prove her shut­eye. An­swer all five sec­tions of the quiz, and ad­just your rou­tine to tai­lor-make it to suit her par­tic­u­lar char­ac­ter traits.

Do read the ad­vice too, if your baby is in the mid­dle of the spec­trum, and bear it in mind at bed­time, as it will help you avoid sleep is­sues in the fu­ture.

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