Meg Faure has recently released a new toolkit on her website which allows parents to discover their baby’s specific Sensory Personality. To determine your baby’s sensory personality type, you are asked a few questions which takes about a minute and when I did it for Ethan, it was no surprise that he is a sensitive baby. You are then given the option to purchase a 4 page booklet that gives tips on sleep, routine and feeding for your baby’s specific sensory personality at R19.99. Take the test here.
Ethan doesn’t sleep or eat as well as other babies, is far more sensitive to touch and suffered from reflux and eczema. It has been challenging having a sensitive baby, and it has taken more patience and time for me to understand his needs. Meg’s advice gives a realistic expectation of what it’s like caring for a sensitive baby, and what you can do to provide an environment which best suits you and your baby. By understanding your baby’s sensory personality, not only will it help you care for your baby, it will also help others including grandparents, carers and friends, to better understand your child too.
- Social butterfly
- Slow to warm up
Meg Faure also discusses the mom’s sensory personality, and how we cope with the pressures of parenting. She offers advice on the relationship between mom and baby, specific to their sensory personalities. There are the same 4 sensory profiles for moms:
- A laid back, settled serene mom generally copes with huge amount of stimulation without being overwhelmed.
- A social butterfly seeks sensory information and in fact is unsettled and irritable when not stimulated.
- The slow to warm up person in fact is sensitive to sensory input but will settle as soon as they understand the stimuli and can process it as ‘safe’.
- A sensitive person has a low threshold for sensory input and becomes disorganized when faced with too much. And for these people, ‘too much’ is often just normal daily sensory input.
I would say I’m a slow to warm up sensory personality and for Ethan and I, are main challenges have been getting into a good routine, also with having a big sister to look after. Meg was spot on when she says that I have a tendency to try control my environment and that I need to allow others to help. We have good and bad days like everyone, and it is comforting to have advice from experts like Meg Faure, to help make the good days outnumber the bad.