The High Need Baby: Hyper Hyper

Livi is always on the move. In almost all of her pictures, there is at least one arm or a leg that is blurry. Often we don’t even manage to take the picture we aimed for because she has already moved on. Hyperactive* is a pretty fitting description for her.

Since she was born, Livi has been busy. Arms and legs flailing as a newborn, twisting, turning, and arching while breastfeeding, her hands and head always moving around. Now that she is older, she rarely sits in one spot for too long and even if she does, she can never sit quietly. She still wants to be held a lot but many times you can barely hold on to her.

Her mind is just as busy. She gets bored fast. Keeping her entertained can be a daunting task. While I have seen friends’ kids listening wide eyed to a story, looking at the pictures in the book with amazement, Livi is all over the place. It usually takes two of us to read a story to her: one to read and one to keep an eye on her.

As a newborn, she hated being swaddled or strapped into her car seat. She still does not like getting into her car seat, stroller, or high chair. And she usually does not last very long before she wants out again and has a meltdown.

Even at night, she moves all over her crib. One night, while checking in on her, we saw her sit up, turn in a different direction, and fall over again. All while sleeping and, amazingly, without waking up.

in the evenings, she seems to get a second wind. Especially during story time she is all over the place and it is very difficult to calm her down for bed. During the day, she doesn’t show any signs of getting tired and I usually have to trick her into taking a nap. As soon as she wakes up, she goes from 0 to 60 in 1 second flat. Even when she is sick, she doesn’t seem to slow down.

As exhausting as it may be to keep up with her, it can also be a lot of fun. Life never gets boring and seeing everything through her eyes is simply amazing. She can also be a very funny and silly little girl. I just wish she’d slow down from time to time for me to catch up with her.

Do you have a baby that seems more active than others and keeps you on your toes? How do you keep up? And what do you do to calm him or her down?

* As a side note, Dr. Sears uses the term “hyperactive” to describe how a high need baby or toddler acts, since they are usually more active than other children. That does not mean that they have a disorder. I find this to be an important distinction.

Flickr Photo by Alan Cleaver

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2 comments on “The High Need Baby: Hyper Hyper

  1. the speech monster says:

    hi there thanks for stopping by my blog and for your encouragement. benji was always an easy baby since in utero. until now. thanks for your support and it’s been encouraging reading some of your posts, too. 🙂 happy 1st birthday to livi!

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