Temperament refers to how an individual interacts with and approaches her world and the people in it. It’s an individual’s personal style that is present from birth and is a child’s preferred way of reacting toward people and her environment. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child’s temperament remains consistent as she grows and develops but can be shaped or influenced by a child’s environment, interactions with others and by her health.
There are three general types of temperament. These are often causally referred to as active, slow to warm up and easy going. Active children are just that – active and typically have a hard time settling into a routine. Slow to warm up children are typically calm, tend to observe and need a little time to adjust to new situations. Easy going babies are typically content and can easily adapt to whatever comes their way.