After that initial joy of finding out about a pregnancy, every parent then begins to think what kind of parent they’ll be, how their parenting style will shape their kid and ultimately how their child will turn out. Will their child grow up to be the life and soul of the party, be surrounded by friends and good people, and just be sociable? Or will they grow up and be quiet, shy, withdrawn?
There’s nothing wrong with being shy. But shyness could develop into other personality traits which could potentially be more serious long term, hamper your child’s development. Believe it or not, there are signs that you can look out for when your child is still a baby. There are signs that exhibit your baby’s outgoing, personable nature. These signs all point to the fact that your baby will be sociable, may be loudmouthed and very chatty once they have grasped the concept of verbal communication.
On the flip side to that, there are plenty of signs during the early baby stages that point to the fact that your baby will grow up to be rather quiet. Again, there’s nothing wrong with that, at least not at this stage. Here are 10 signs the baby will grow up to be a chatterbox and 10 signs that they'll be quiet.
20 Chatty: Reaches Milestones Quicker
Although there haven’t been any studies done into this matter, scientists believe, solely through group tracking and observation, that babies that reach milestones quicker tend to be chattier. Being chatty you’re likely to have a certain personality. You’re likely to be more sociable and therefore at that stage in your development, pick up on social cues, store them away and learn from them.
Because they're chatty, they’ll be trying to communicate with you more, make noises and chat to you all the time.
When they can do so in a language you understand, it’ll be bliss for both you and the baby. So, they'll strive to get there a lot sooner, and that means lots of practice.
19 Quiet: Is More Withdrawn
You can tell if a child is withdrawn. If your baby is withdrawn to such an extent that they only like to be by themselves, don’t even interact with you, then it could be a sign that something’s wrong. Well, the signs can be apparent when your kid is a baby too. Babies often want to interact. They’re soaking up information and want to communicate in any way possible.
A sign that your baby might grow up to be quiet is if they're rather reserved, don’t want to do much of anything with you, and don’t find joy in those moments.
18 Chatty: Parents Are Chatty
Your baby is going to end up inheriting a lot of traits from you, from mom and dad. There are going to be genetic traits, but also personality traits. Your baby will pick up on things, how you both act to each other and around her.
If you and Dad are naturally quite chatty people, and you’re chatterboxes in the house around your baby, then your baby will want to join in.
They'll do their level best to communicate and won’t pipe down because they see their parents acting in a similar fashion. Chatty parents could very well equal chatty baby.
17 Quiet: Shies Away From Strangers
It’s actually quite natural to shy away from strangers, those you don’t know. In adulthood, a lot of us are a tad apprehensive when it comes to meeting someone for the first time. Just imagine what it must be like for your baby. The only people your baby knows are you and daddy. Everyone else, they don’t have a clue about. But some will go right for it, will interact with strangers.
If your baby seems to be in visible distress when confronted by a stranger, perhaps a friend of yours, then that might be an indication as to the shyness of their personality.
16 Chatty: Expressive Early On
Babies begin to feel comfortable communicating at different times. With mom and dad, it’s going to be different. But even with parents, they may hold back a little bit longer, may be reluctant to communicate. One sure sign that your child is going to be chatty is if they're generally very expressive early on.
They just really want to communicate, and not just with you, with everybody they come across. This could mean through gurgled baby nonsense, or by the way they look at you.
If they're looking at you with a sense of kindness, this could be an early sign that they're going to be chatty.
15 Quiet: Trying New Things Is Tough
A lot of babies are at least a tad hesitant when it comes to trying new things. It’s a big, strange world for them out there. Their mom and dad are their rocks, their only support network. So, when the parents try and push them to try new things, this could go one of two ways.
You’ve got to judge what type of baby you’ve got. If your child is the reserved, quiet type, then continuously pushing them, putting them into new situations and not taking no for an answer, could be rather traumatic for your little one. It could, in actual fact, push them further into their shell.
14 Chatty: Communication Isn't An Issue
There are some babies that you just know will be chatty. From a young age they’re comfortable around strangers.
When in another person’s arms, they smile. When they begin to baby talk, they don’t just keep that form of communication for mom and dad. They’ll happily baby talk, try and communicate with anyone and everyone, even complete strangers.
That’s a sure sign that your baby’s going to be a chatterbox. You’ll notice this for yourself, it’ll become clear in your mind once your baby begins saying their first words. It’ll be non-stop, and their speech will improve rapidly.
13 Quiet: Late Learning To Talk
Here’s the flip side to that previous point. Some babies just communicate constantly whichever way they can. Others though, are far more reserved. What little communication they do, they keep for mom and dad. This can be problematic later on in life, if it continues, can lead to anxiety and stress in social situations. But before those stages, it could also result in your baby being late in that all-important milestone of learning to talk. This could simply be because they don’t have too many people to communicate with. Be a chatterbox around them and they’ll most likely want to follow suit.
12 Chatty: Baby Asks For What They Want
For some babies, because they can’t speak or communicate properly, they become a tad withdrawn. They soon cotton onto the fact that people can’t really understand them, so they keep quiet. But if your baby is a little chatterbox in the making, they won’t let the little obstacle of people not being able to fully understand them. If they want something, they are not going to just keep quiet. They're going to ask for it, try and get it, whether that’s with unintelligible baby sounds, or through hand gestures, facial expressions, etc.
11 Quiet: Shy And Bashful Facial Expressions
Knowing that someone is shy, quiet, or is a chatterbox, isn’t just about how much they say, or try to communicate. You can tell a lot through your baby’s facial expressions. Sure, at a really young age, your baby wouldn’t have yet grasped the concept of feeling happy or sad, and how that would look in terms of their facial expressions. But it doesn’t take them long to learn about smiling, crying, being shy, and what that all means and looks like. If your baby is quite shy and reserved, this is likely to come across in their facial expression.
10 Chatty: Advanced Verbal Communication
We’ve mentioned that a baby with a chatty personality is likely to be grow up to be a chatterbox, to be outgoing, and quite possibly the life and soul of the party. A baby with such a personality is likely to progress through their early milestones at a pretty quick rate. Well, that goes for their verbal communication too.
When your baby begins to speak baby talk and eventually utters their first words, it won’t be long before their limited vocabulary has advanced.
When they start talking, they'll keep on talking, and soon you’ll realize that they won’t be able to stop. You’ll have a right little chatterbox on your hands.
9 Quiet: Only Interact When They Need To
Your baby might utter their first words. If they're quiet, they are likely to do so a bit later on. But when they do, it might take them a pretty long time to develop their vocabulary. It will also take a real effort for them to try and use it. A quiet baby is likely to interact only when they want something. Only when they need to will they try and speak, will try and get your attention through verbal communication.
Eventually, as they grow and develop, they may come out of their shell a little more. But if they're like this during their early years, it means, that in all likelihood, they're going to grow to be rather quiet.
8 Chatty: Not Afraid Of Trying New Things
As the parent, you’re likely to gently push your baby, open them world up to a load of new experiences. It’s by going through such experiences that they'll grow and develop. For most kids, the world is a weird and wonderful place. It’s often deemed to be magical. But for some, it can be overwhelming. This goes for learning new things too. Learning is tough. For some it doesn’t happen naturally. But chatty babies are likely to want to learn. They’ll throw themselves into anything that comes their way. Being chatty will just be a small part of that bubbly, exuberant personality.
7 Quiet: Isn't A Fan Of Hugs
Quiet babies generally aren’t massive fans of hugs. In actual fact, a lot of quiet babies aren’t fans of being physically close in any way. A lot of babies love nothing more than cuddling up to mom or dad. But some won’t really care whether that happens or not. They’d prefer their own space. With some, it’ll go a step further. They may kick up a fuss if there’s hugging, if there’s any form of closeness, and that’s with their parents too. If this continuously happens, this could be a sign of something a little bit more than being quiet. This could indicate a learning difficulty.
6 Chatty: Gets Along With Other Kids
Chatty kids are generally quite sociable kids. I’ve mentioned how they have no trouble interacting with strangers. These could be mommy and daddy’s friends. But with some kids, although they might be fine with adult attention, getting on with other kids may prove to be a little bit more difficult. With chatty kids, this could go one of two ways. They’re likely to be fine with other youngsters, likely to want to play with them. Or they may be put off by them because they want to be the ones in the spotlight. They don’t want to have to share it.
5 Quiet: Likes To Play Solo
This could actually be quite tragic if you’re a parent. Ok, so when your baby is really young, their world will be herself, mommy and daddy, and perhaps a sibling if there’s one in the picture. Babies find everything fascinating. Everything is new and they'll encounter things, new experiences, new objects, with wide-eyed wonderment. But when your baby begins to baby talk, if they still prefer playing by herself than with others, this type of behavior is likely to indicate that they'll grow up to be a quiet kid. They prefer their own company to that of others. Perhaps that’s because they're quiet, and too shy to interact with others.
4 Chatty: Shares Toys
Babies who’ll grow up to be quiet will be happy playing by themselves. They’re perfectly happy in their own company, rather than with strangers, adults or other babies. On the other side of the social spectrum, there are those who’ll grow up to be chatty.
They have no problems in the company of strangers, adults or other babies. That’s because they want people to engage with them. Arrange a playdate, and they'll love it, will happily share their toys and get along with other babies. They may still want to be the center of attention. But they'll have no problems sharing, getting their fill of enjoyment in the company of others.
3 Quiet: Finds Sharing Uncomfortable
Chatty kids will happily share their toys with other kids. They’ll also share attention, to a certain extent. But quiet kids will, in all likelihood, find sharing toys uncomfortable. They’d prefer to play alone. Either that, or once they become friends with other babies, other kids, they want to hang on to that friendship. Then they’ll have a tough time meeting new people, making other friends. They won’t want to share their newfound friend either! Quiet kids will generally find sharing – in whatever capacity that may be, toys or otherwise – rather uncomfortable. This is evident when you have a quiet baby in a sibling relationship.
2 Chatty; Craves All Kids Of Attention
As an adult, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of people use chat as a means of gaining attention. The person who loves to chatter is generally quite loud, loves the spotlight, loves nothing more than being the center of attention. Being chatty in this type of manner – it’s a good and bad trait at the same time.
This will become apparent from childhood, from your baby’s formative years to the time they learn to speak. As a mom and as their parent, you’re probably contributing to them turning into a little chatterbox. Again, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
1 Quiet: Baby Talks Softly
A lot of babies, when they begin to mumble and baby talk, do so loudly and proudly. More often than not, the reason as to why they’re communicating, is because they want something. Babies being babies, they have to be loud in order to be heard; hence the loud wailing when your baby wants something or is in distress.
A quiet baby, when they begin to mumble and eventually baby talk, will do so quietly. They may do so only when they want something, and even then it might be a whisper in your ear as they may be shy and bashful talking when in public, when in the company of people other than their parents.