10 signs you have a feisty baby

Ever since Taylor popped out (yeah, right) she’s been described by friends, family, midwives, doctors, and friends at play groups as ‘a feisty one.’ Now, I’m certainly no expert on the temperament of babies since I have just the one, but I’m not sure that sitting on your baby in order to put on their nappy is normal. Nor is throwing full-on tantrums at 11 months (pounding fists on the floor type tantrums) because they’ve been moved away from the dog’s food bowl.

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Don’t get me wrong, Taylor is a joy most of the time. Just don’t tell her what to do! If you have a ‘feisty baby’, perhaps you’ll relate to one or more of the following…

10 Signs you have a feisty baby

  1. You haven’t managed to read them an entire book yet. Instead, story time consists of baby ripping the book from your hands after page one and trying to eat it
  2. Nappy changing is a military operation and requires four hands on deck. If you’re alone you have to sit with your legs over baby’s shoulders to pin her down (even keys no longer work as a distraction). You are an expert at putting nappies on from behind as baby is crawling away, as well as in the kneeling and sitting positions. Any way really, apart from baby lying on her back.
  3. Baby has a tantrum at the sight of her car seat and planks every time you try to sit her in it
  4. Play groups consist of you running around after baby trying to prevent her from stealing the other babies’ rattles and pulling on their hairtaylor
  5. You wouldn’t dream of involving them in any type of craft creation – unless the glue, paper, pine cones, fuzzy felt are edible and you don’t want to create anything
  6. Baby plays with shoelaces and hairbrushes as she broke all of the ‘proper toys’ you bought for her
  7. Baby refuses to be fed with a spoon and insists on clapping at it every time it comes near her mouth20150819_174223
  8. When baby has finished eating she throws the remainder of her food on the floor and bangs on the table until you get her out of the high chair
  9. Baby enjoys the ‘no’ game, seeing how many times you will carry her away from climbing up the TV stand
  10. Your house looks bare as anything that can be pulled over, broken or chewed has been locked away in the spare roomfeisty baby20150918_11084420151023_125043Do you have a feisty baby? 
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  1. Reply
    Nadia - ScandiMummy
    November 15, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Well, it certainly looks like you have your work cut out for you there… I can relate to a lot of them… the book eating and nappy changing in particular. And Caspian is so strong, that I fear for the coming months. He still accepts his car seat (pheew), but also prefers hairbrushes to ‘normal’ toys. Great pictures, but I do find it ambitious to read her A Casual Vacancy or maybe she just doesn’t like J.K. Rowling 😉 #KCACOLS

    Nadia – ScandiMummy x
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      Mum in Brum
      November 15, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Haha, she is extremely advanced of course! Her nappy changing is getting gradually easier so I’m hoping it’s a phase and she’ll get past it soon – it has been a nightmare! It’s amazing how strong they are when so little isn’t it, I literally have to wrestle some things out of her hand! We wouldn’t change them for the world though would we? Little tinkers 🙂 x

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        Nadia - ScandiMummy
        November 16, 2015 at 1:12 pm

        No, definitely not and I love seeing Caspian’s personality coming through 🙂 Happy the nappy changing is getting a little easier! x
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    Jessica Powell
    November 15, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Hehe, love this! Marianna is like the girl in the nursery rhyme – when she’s good she’s very very good, and when she isn’t… She has such a terrible temper already. My mum says it’s because she’s a redhead! 🙂 #KCACOLS
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      Mum in Brum
      November 15, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Haha, Taylor’s Dad has a definitely red tinge to his hair so perhaps it’s in the red gene! Taylor sounds exactly the same – she’s so happy most of the time but as soon as you try and control her she’s like a stroppy teenager! ha 🙂

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    November 16, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Number seven made me laugh. Meal times must be fun in your house! I’ve given up on trying to make our toddler lie still for nappy changes – instead I’ve perfected the ninja ‘remove nappy and simultaneously wipe bum’ move so we don’t get poo all over the house.

    Reading the comments above…my little boy is a red head too. Hmm….#MarvMondays

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      Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Haha, I can’t imagine how difficult it’s going to be with a toddler – at least her legs and arms aren’t long enough to reach my face at the moment! Hopefully she’ll grow out of it by then! x

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    Mommy's Little Princesses
    November 16, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Oh goodness me she certainly is a feisty little one, but I’m sure she more than makes up for it in cuteness. No I’m not sure any of mine are feisty, Holly is a right madam and Ella is soft spoken and soft hearted.xx #KCACOLS
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    Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos
    November 16, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    You really do have a feisty one but she looks so full of life and fun too! #MarvMondays

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    November 16, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Yup, I definitely have a feisty baby, he won’t do anything he doesn’t want to do! Nappy changing and meal times are particularly hard work. You have my sympathies!
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    Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    November 16, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Tin Box Baby is only six months old but she’s got the wriggling at nappy time and swiping for her spoon down already. I think I have a feisty one in development! #KCACOLS
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      Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Haha, yep Taylor started early I think you’re in for a treat! I’m hoping when Taylor can do more for herself she’ll be less frustrated and feisty – but who knows? It could get worse!! LOl x

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    November 17, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Uh oh. My son hhas some of these traits. He’s 10months on friday and for probably the last few weeks im struggling changing his nappy, dressing/undressing him its like wrestling with an octopus and as you said the usual distraction techniques are failing miserably. He has a tendency to only want to play with things he should and makes a bee line for the fire place. The no game is getting tiring. He aslo either cries or growls when i take something off him or move him away from said fireplace/tv stand. He’s just learnt to pull himself up in the crib too so nap times pretty tricky and a long process. Numerous times hes knocked food off the spoon/out of my hand, cleaning up weetabix and mushed food is no fun. Nice to hear im not alone!
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      Mum in Brum
      November 28, 2015 at 2:54 pm

      Haha at least we can take comfort in knowing that there are other mums out there with the same challenges! If it makes you feel any better, Taylor is almost 1 now and she seems to gradually be getting better with the nappy changes. Still likes to ignore ‘no’ though and hates things being taken off her! But…I think the 10 month mark is probably when they’re most frustrated as they want to be doing more things but can’t. Now Taylor’s pretty much mastered standing and can communicate that little bit more she seems a little less of a handful – still pretty feisty though! But in a funny way 🙂

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        November 29, 2015 at 10:12 am

        Has your daughter stopped or reduced some of her naps? My little mans a terror at the moment to get to sleep
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    Laura @ Dot Makes 4
    November 18, 2015 at 3:25 am

    This definitely sounds like Dot!
    Meal times are definitely hard! She likes to turn her head just as the spoon gets to her mouth, then giggles when I hit her cheek!

    Laura xx
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    November 18, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Oh man! I thought my daughter was feisty but yours leaves her for dead! Still, feisty-ness is a fantastic character quality to have (especially if you as her mum can guide it into safe channels.) Good luck and just so you know, my daughter is now 26 and those feisty qualities are what made her the successful young woman she is today. Much love to your little one x
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      Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Aw thanks Leanne, it’s good to hear that your daughter has turned out so well! I’m hoping that I’ll be able to have just the right amount of discipline for her when she gets a little older – I don’t want to stifle her, but also can’t have her pushing the boundaries too far! I’m hoping it will come naturally but we will see! x

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    November 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    First of all, your baby is ADORABLE! I’ve got feisty kids on my hands, but my middle girl might the most feisty. Getting her dressed is a workout between holding her down or chasing after her to throw clothes on her while she is running away and laughing at me. And if I forget to put the baby gate up–forget about it! That child is up the stairs before I even turn around.
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      Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:52 pm

      Aw thanks so much – she is a cheeky one! I don’t know how you manage with more than one – you must have your hands full! I can’t imagine how it’s going to be when Taylor can actually walk – at least she can’t move that fast at the minute (although her crawling is RAPID if she has something she shouldn’t have and she knows I want it back!!) Hehe x

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    A Moment with Franca
    November 18, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Oh wow you really have a feisty baby!! LOL Sienna can be a little bit feisty sometimes too specially with the nappy changes. She loves also climbing to the TV stand 10,000 times per day!! It is her favourite activity!! Agree completely with No 10 too. Your little one is so cute, full of life!! At least you can say that she already has a strong personality and that is always very good! haha Thanks so much for sharing this funny list at #KCACOLS. I’m about to send you a reminder email for this weekend. 🙂 xx
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      Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Ha, yes I keep telling myself it’s a good thing that she has a strong personality already! On the flip side she is so funny and cheeky and secretly I love that she’s a little tinker! Think I just need to get Dad to do more nappy changes 😉 xx

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    November 19, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Ha, remember those reluctant nappy changes well 😃 The good news is that one day you’ll look back on all this and laugh. The bad news is feisty babies become feisty toddlers 😆 #coolmumclub

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      Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Haha, I feel that the tantrum twos have started early – hopefully she’s getting it all out of her system before then! Ha x

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    Kyles @ Pickles and Pords
    November 19, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Hahaha – I can relate to the planking when you’re trying to strap them into the car seat. Both of mine do this. It drives me nuts! Look at that little face though! What an absolute cutie pie 🙂 #coolmumclub
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    November 19, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Not only are we so similar, but Taylor and Dangermouse could be best friends! I never realised HOW sensible Tigs was / is until her sister came along… Aaargh! xxx #coolmumclub Thanks for linking up
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      Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Haha, I spent the first 6 months saying to myself ‘surely all babies aren’t like this?!’ I’d see friends’ babies and they’d always seem so placid! I’m thinking that if we have baby number two at least we will be well prepared! Lol!! xxx

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    Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    November 19, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Having a feisty baby seems double the hard work, isn’t it? Hopefully, this is just a phase and she will go through it soon. My kids have been quiet feisty sometimes when they’re still babies but they’re a bit well behaved now. Thanks for sharing! #brilliantblogpost

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      Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      It does seem hard work sometimes, but I do think she seems to be growing out of it over the last month. She seems to be getting cheekier and funnier rather than feisty and frustrated! It’s nice to hear that your kids are all well behaved now! x

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    November 19, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Ok so I just commented on your coolmumclub meet the bloggers how it’s so nice our little ones are the same age and I can relate to your posts so well…. Well it’s reached another level: you just described my baby! H is exactly the same, every single point, apart from he reading a book one, she’ll happily read a book herself, but no way on my knee and not when I want her too… Actually in that case I agree with you! I’ve found the TV helps for happy changing if it’s a programme she loves like hey duggee or twirleywoos, and not taking her upstairs to change her… Apparently her room is just too interesting, but changing her where she plays is helping a bit, I can generally clean her now, it just a chase for he nappy #coolmumclub
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      Mum in Brum
      November 23, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Aw it’s so nice to read your posts, knowing that our babies are the same age. I’m glad you can relate to this post – sometimes I think Taylor is one on her own but I know that other mums have the same struggles! Nappy changing is a nightmare but it seems to be getting a little better this month so fingers crossed! I did go through a phase of having to change her in front of the TV, and we still do that after bath time, but she’s not been so bad in her room this week! xx

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    Lucy at occupation:(m)other
    November 19, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Ah yes, feisty, lively, energetic, haha! Mine gets described that a lot out at groups etc but I wouldn’t describe him like that at home at all…weird.
    Taylor sounds lots of fun! Really enjoyed your cool mum club guest post too, as well as this one #coolmumclub
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      Mum in Brum
      November 26, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      It is funny – Taylor is pretty content at home too most of the time, I think it’s just knowing them well isn’t it? She is lots of fun though!! So glad you enjoyed the guest post, thanks so much 🙂

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    Anna Brophy
    November 20, 2015 at 12:37 am

    I have one, too….My family have nicknamed my angel baby “Crackers”; hoping it doesn’t stick. It’s OK, though, because she doesn’t take any cr*p and argues that she’s not. Let’s hope she can stick up for herself as vehemently as she does now when she is older. #coolmumclub
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      Mum in Brum
      November 26, 2015 at 10:39 pm

      Ha ‘Crackers’ sounds about right! Yes – let’s hope they keep that streak as they get older! I’m not sure where ours gets it from because I think we’re both pretty laid back! 🙂

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    Silly Mummy
    November 20, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Haha! Well, I didn’t THINK I did! However, my youngest, whilst not very tantrummy does do most of the rest of these! She is relentlessly into everything, rips up everything, loves the no game, and yes on spoon & food throwing! #coolmumclub
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    November 20, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I had one of these! At three, the fiestiness takes on a different angle, but it’s still there! #thelist

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    Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies
    November 20, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Haha 🙂 I too am mummy to a feisty baby. We say she’s head strong and is intelligent enough to know her own mind… in reality she’s probably just being a nightmare to wind us up. haha 🙂 at least they’ve got their own character and personality i guess! #PicknMix

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    November 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Taylor’s feisty attitude brings back so many memories from my son’s early years. He would close my bedroom door and get up in the middle of the night to do whatever he wanted to. He would pull the food out of the frig or all the pots and pans out of the cupboards. One night I woke to him screaming, he had climbed up on the counter, then onto the top of the frig and he couldn’t get down. Horrible! We tried everything we knew to keep him in his room, or mine, but he was sneaky. We ended up putting a motion sensor in the hallway, when he would leave his room it would beep loudly. Not a great way to be woke up, but it was worse when he would get out on his own!!!

    Good luck! Feisty might be rough now, but she is going to be a blast to watch grow and become. So much fun!!! BTW, she is just adorable, even when she is covered in food! LOL
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      Mum in Brum
      November 26, 2015 at 10:50 pm

      Haha thanks Nikki. Wow, Taylor hasn’t realised that she can walk yet so that could be interesting! Sounds like you definitely had your hands full!! Taylor’s a good sleeper at the moment so I’m hoping this will last and she won’t be able to go on any adventures on kitchen counters in the middle of the night – I’ll keep you updated! LOL

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    November 22, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Oh gorgeous pics, so so adorable! And I am totally with you on this one. I love the playgroup one, I actually had to stop attending one as Archie just wanted to get up and run around (of course!) and the teacher started getting a bit funny because he just kept wanting to interact with everyone, so stuff them! A is 22 months now and hasn’t changed one bit, they’ll be feisty forever! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Hope to see you again tomorrow! Kaye xo

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      Mum in Brum
      November 28, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Haha, it is funny when all of the other babies just seem so well behaved and you’re having to constantly get up and pick them up – I say you should be able to leave them and let them run free (riot?) rather than people getting funny with you! I remember when Taylor was younger and wouldn’t stop wailing in one group and the teachers all thought they’d be able to sooth her with a hold – yeah right! Like that worked..annoying.com. I think feisty is good now she’s a little older – it makes them so cheeky and funny xx

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    Christine Kenny
    November 23, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Hehe… So cute. One of my twin boys is exactly like this, whereas his brother is the complete opposite.
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    November 23, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Hahaha. Love this. Definitely with you on number one. Oh and number two. In fact who am I kidding… just all of them. Exactly like that! Brilliant #coolmumclub x

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    A Cornish Mum
    November 26, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    I had one feisty and one ridiculously chilled out luckily as I’m not sure how I’d have coped with 2 feisty ones 😉 Thanks for linking up to #Picknmix
    Stevie x
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      Mum in Brum
      November 28, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      I bet when you had the chilled out one you realised how feisty your other was! I’m hoping for a slightly more chilled out one if we have baby number 2! x

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    November 26, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Haha all of mine have been feisty to some degree. My first was the worst so the other two have seemed easy in comparison! Thanks for linking to #PickNMix
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      Mum in Brum
      November 28, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Haha, hopefully that will be the case for us if we go on to have more!

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