If you’re either currently a sugar baby or someone who aspires to become one someday soon, then you don’t need to be told some people think the term “sugar baby” is just a fancy way to describe someone who’s insufferably high-maintenance. In actuality, sugar babies (and sugar daddies, too, in their own way) are people who love to be spoiled and want to be in relationships where that’s the standard.

But what’s the difference between the two, anyway? And if there’s a difference, what is it, and is either of these two things really more desirable than the other? Here’s what you need to know to figure it all out.

What Does It Mean to Be High-Maintenance?

Many people think a high-maintenance woman is simply someone with sky-high standards for herself and others that might be difficult (if not impossible) to meet. Such a woman likely lives a lavish lifestyle that she expects to maintain indefinitely.

However, while some high-maintenance women may be this way, high standards have nothing to do with being high-maintenance in the first place. Instead, being high-maintenance is more about simply being difficult, fussy, and nitpicky to a fault. And more often than not, high-maintenance people are takers, seeing little benefit to giving back as well as they get.

And What About Liking to Be Spoiled?

Women who love being spoiled – like sugar babies – are simply women who love how it feels to be treated like a princess. Yes, they may well love the finer things in life, gifts, and money. But being spoiled is more about being treated exceptionally well than it is the monetary value of anything that might be given or received.

What many people fail to understand about women who love being spoiled in general (and sugar babies in particular) is that the spoiling tends to go both ways in the relationship. Because a good sugar baby doesn’t just love being treated well herself. She delights in lavishing love, affection, and spoiling on her caring sugar daddy in return.

How to Tell a Sugar Baby from Someone Who’s Simply High-Maintenance

In a nutshell, being high-maintenance is really not such a nice thing to be, as it often goes hand in hand with undesirable traits like selfishness, manipulativeness, and emotional immaturity. But there’s nothing wrong with liking to be spoiled or with being a sugar baby. Here’s a closer look at how to tell the difference between the two.

High-maintenance women won’t take no for an answer

Both sugar babies and high-maintenance women may well have expensive tastes and love to be showered with gifts and presents. But while a sugar baby who loves to be spoiled may want something she’s asked for very badly, she doesn’t necessarily think she’s entitled to it. A high-maintenance woman, on the other hand, will feel that way.

No one is good enough for a high-maintenance woman

High-maintenance women tend to hold other people to standards that are so high, no man can meet them. So most could be with the most distinguished eligible bachelor in town and still think they could do better. On the other hand, a sugar baby is typically well aware of how lucky she is and shows it by helping their stressed-out sugar daddy relax and showering him with love.

High-maintenance women don’t go with the flow

Emotionally mature, down-to-earth people understand that even the best, most meticulously made plans sometimes don’t play out as expected. Life can be unpredictable, so it’s essential to be able to go with the flow. Sugar babies fully understand this. But high-maintenance people do not, and it definitely shows.

High-maintenance women have superiority complexes

There’s a reason the world’s most high-maintenance people tend to be impossible to please. They honestly believe that they’re better than other people and are somehow more deserving of the things that they want out of life for that fact. A genuine sugar baby is not like this. She’s confident and may like being spoiled, but she’s also down-to-earth, compassionate, and humble.

High-maintenance women are perfectionists

And there’s nothing necessarily wrong with wanting things to be as wonderful and well-executed as possible. But again, life doesn’t always work out as planned. True perfectionists find this reality hard to face and tend to come unglued easily as a result. Sugar babies, however, are known for their composure and grace under pressure.

At the end of the day, there are all kinds of people in the world. And it’s easier than you might think to confuse some of them. But it’s important to realize that sugar babies are in a class by themselves for the most part, so it’s no wonder they’re among the most desirable, sought-after women in the world.

So if you’re thinking of becoming a sugar baby yourself but don’t know if you’re made of the right stuff because you’re not high-maintenance enough, know this. That’s exactly what makes you a great potential sugar baby.