All moms wish that their babies were idyllic creatures that latched on immediately, slept for more than three hours at a time, and were comfortable enough to not scream for no reason. Unfortunately, back here in reality, each baby is very different, communicates in their own way, and will display their personality traits from the time that they are just a few days old. However, there is a special kind of baby that really does stand out from the rest, and is known as a high-maintenance baby.
These are the traits to look out for with a high-maintenance infant:
They display intensity
High maintenance babies may behave (especially cry) with an intensity that make even the most confident moms worry. Their methods of communication are intense and demanding – they need immediate attention and command it because they know they’ll get it. All of their activities – from crying to laughing, to feeding, and even the way they clench their little fists all have an urgency to them that shows this inherent intensity.
They may appear hyperactive
Hyperactivity is very often a subjective matter, so we’ll clarify by saying that a high maintenance baby will not only express himself in a hyperactive manner, but will leave moms feeling drained – as though he has sapped every last ounce of energy from you with his hyperactive behaviour.
They may feed very often
High-maintenance babies need to keep their energy up to expend it on their intense, often anxious, behaviour, which is why they will want to feed often. Feeding may also be a form of comfort for them, which may also explain their huge appetite. In spite of how frequently they feed, they may also display behaviour indicative of insatiability – with everything.
They may display unpredictable behaviour
Hyperactive and hyper-sensitive (emotionally and otherwise), high maintenance babies are controlled by their need for constant attention, which may also make them unpredictable. These children will keep their moms on their toes.