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What happened to your smiley happy baby?(52 Posts)
We have a 2 month old who is an absolute delight, he spends all day smiling, sleeps reasonably well at night and barely cries, we can't believe our luck and have to try very hard to conceal our smugness from anyone who asks how its going .
However I'm fully aware (and am constantly reminded by DM and DMIL) that this will likely not last forever, is nothing to do with our parenting and he will soon develop into a tantruming toddler or teenager who hates me haha. So I was just wondering if anyone else had a super sweet baby and how did they turn out?? Is their personality as a baby any indicator of future personality?
DS was a smiley and chilled out baby; only cried when he wanted milk and was pretty good at sleeping. He didn't always tolerate me dressing him up in ridiculous outfits but, other than that, he was very easy. He's now 15 months, has the occasional strop when he doesn't get his own way and goes through phases of taking a while to get to sleep but he's generally a very happy and smiley little boy. Clearly it's too early to really tell but I think his personality was evident from very early days. He's also not really phased by new experiences or people/places which I think is part of his relaxed attitude to life.
It's impossible to guess. I had a content baby, sociable and easy to engage and she is 13 now. She is a fairly serious young woman. Passionate, driven, curious but studious and a bit intense, introverted and quiet. My very VERY fractious and grumpy baby is 9 now and he's sensitive and anxious but fun loving, sociable and laughs like a drain at the simplest of things.
Oh and the easy going child never, ever tantrummed. She was steadfast and calm and eminently reasonable throughout her early years. The other one made up for it though!
So hard to say both mine were easy babies ds 2 very easy and always happy and as a toddler he had tantrums but didn't last long and he is an easy child for the most part ,he is now 15 and stroppy like many 15 year olds but still easier than ds1 at that age
Ds 1 was still an easy baby and rarely had tantrums as a toddler but between 15-16 was hard work at home never at school , now 17 and back to his old self
Just enjoy each moment for what it is as doesn't seem 5 mins ago mine were little babies
DD1 was an easy smiley baby and a smiley happy, but full of beans, toddler, but a stroppy yr 7 now.
DD2 was an easy smiley happy baby, was a really hard work tantrumming etc from 3-6! Her tantrums could go on for over an hour, and she still knows her own mind! But she's a delight now at 9.
Teen years, who knows, all bets are off!
She’s 2.5 and a pretty happy, easy going toddler! She’s had a few tantrums but generally she’s very easy. Nothings a fight with her, if you say “bedtime! Let’s brush your teeth!” she will dutifully pick up her blanket and teddy, trot to the bathroom, brush her teeth and then lie down on her sleeping bag ready to be zipped in.
I’m sure she’ll be a horrible teenager to balance it out xD
My happy smiley baby is now 3.5 and the most delightful, happy and social little girl I’ve ever come across.
Once she got past 6weeks, mine was the sunniest baby. She turned into a joyful toddler and that continued. She has had usual teenage ups and downs but at 15 is still very fun loving, very smiley and the best company I could have.
DD1 was an easy, chilled, smiley happy baby. She has been an extremely hard work toddler for the past 6 months or so (due partially to the arrival of DD2 4 months ago probably). Really hoping she calms back down at some point, me and DH are both really chilled and easygoing so we're flummoxed a lot of the time at how we produced someone so highly strung! She started the day this morning having an absolute broken hearted meltdown over the fact it is Tuesday?
DD2 is easy so far....praying she stays that way!
Explosive 13 yr old who hates me and everything else
DS was such a delight as a young baby, very content. He’s late teens now and is still chilled, v patient, kind & caring. Never given us any bother at any stage.
DS2 was a v difficult baby, he’s a teen, not given us any problems either. He has a fantastic work ethic, sensitive, helpful & loyal.
Enjoy the smiles & baby days, they really do fly OP.
Yeah we hit terrible twos then terrible 3s and then obstinate 4year old - no idea what age 5 will bring 🤣 life is never boring though that's for sure and some of the tantrums are so spectacular you can't help but laugh!
My always happy, always smiling baby - how I miss her! She was also a lovely toddler, no tantrums until late 3/4 years old when she suddenly started being more strong willed and stubborn. Now at 6 she seems to complain and whine all day long and not listen. I’m hoping it’s just short term because of the crap ness of this year and I will have a generally happier child again
DS was a delight as a baby. People used to comment on how happy he was wherever we went. He didn't really do tantrums as a toddler, now he is still a delight at school/everywhere else, but at home he is like a grumpy old man!(he's 8).
My smiley happy baby was like it until about aged 9!
He's now a very tall, rude, selfish, horrible teenager.
Make the most of these years, they really do go quickly!.
I miss that smiley baby.
My smiley happy baby remained so, but stopped sleeping - we got to the point of waking every 40 mins at one point. Very unlikely that will happen to you!
He is nearly 5 and has retained his overall happy outlook, very affectionate and loves anything funny but still had tantrums and rage at 3/4. Strange combo at the time, but he is very adorable on the whole.
Ooh mixed responses! Very interesting to hear though, keep them coming fingers crossed he errs towards the more easy going examples!
Currently the most outgoing, sociable, gregarious pre teen I've come across. Makes friends everywhere. Brings the best out of people.
But selectively deaf when it comes to listening to anything his parents say. Impossible to home school.
I don't think you can ever tell.
My hard work baby that never slept and was very highly strung is now the best ever teenager.
What he did with that passion and stubbornness though was direct it into something he loves. He has more dedication than anyone else in my family. He sleeps well too unbelievably.
Unconditional love and a strong, consistent, stable upbringing helped too I think.
I don’t think there’s any way of predicting how they’ll turn out - we’re all different. DD was the grumpiest baby ever, is now super smiley and sociable in Reception, but I suspect she’ll be a strong-willed teen when the time comes. Apparently, I was such a lovely happy baby that my parents decided to have a second child immediately (hence the small age gap between me and DB). Around the age of 7 or 8, I developed severe anxiety and OCD, which escalated until I was having suicidal thoughts aged 10. So many different factors go into making us the people we become.
My smiley baby has grown into a very normal nice natured young man. He was a pretty easy going child to.
My less easy going baby had bumps along the way but is now a lovely young woman.
We were lucky enough to avoid toddler meltdowns but there was a bit of angst during the teenage years, but that's all passed now.
Not IME. DS was a particularly somber baby and spent much of his waking hours looking faintly disapproving of life.
He's 16 now and mostly cheerful and positive, the change came about slowly but surely from the age of about 5.
My teenagers can still smile and be happy. And they no longer poo in their pants and they can make their own breakfast if they wake up early. There are upsides.
DD2 was, and is still know in my family as the happiest baby ever, despite several more being born after her She is almost 10 now. The family clown, happy go lucky, carefree, fearless. Downside was that as a toddler and small child, that fearless side of her meant it was a bloody nightmare to keep her safe!
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