Welcome to The Fussy Baby Site, the only site dedicated to supporting parents of fussy, colicky and high need babies and kids. If your baby frequently fusses or cries, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only one who doesn’t have an ‘easy baby’.
My goal is to help you realize you’re not doing anything wrong, and that there’s nothing ‘wrong’ with your child! Visit my blog to read personal stories of fussy and high need babies, and helpful tips to not only survive but to THRIVE with your high need child!
I write this story as my 10 month old daughter sleeps quietly in her crib. She is sleeping alone, in her room, self-soothing, and for more than 20 minutes. I write this story as a survivor. That is what we parents of high need/colicky babies are; we are not only parents but we are survivors. [...]
To my darling high need child: Before I start, let me emphasize that I love you more than life itself. I would do anything for you, and wouldn't trade you for anything in the world. BUT........ The past _______ months/years haven't been easy for me and your father/mother/sibling(s). I k[...]
Becoming a mom is amazing. BUT. Why does there always have to be a “but” attached to something good? Well, as with any major life change, becoming a mom can come with growing pains… and pretty tough ones at times. For me, it was the colic. The damn colic. My son didn’t sleep for about a year. Ok m[...]
I first learned about the term 'spirited child' when my Sammy was just about a year old. A friend gave me Mary Sheedy Kurcinka's excellent book, Raising Your Spirited Child, and I couldn't believe how spot on she was in describing my boy. I had previously discovered the term high need baby, but [...]
I can't remember the exact moment I decided to start The Fussy Baby Site, but I know it was when Sammy was 5 months old (5 months old!!!) and my daughter was almost 3. The first months were filled with sleep deprivation, crying, screaming, feeding issues, reflux, a dairy intolerance - you name it. [...]
I can hear sleep consultants all over the world gasping and saying, "Don't recommend PRODUCTS for helping babies sleep...those are SLEEP PROPS!!!". Well, I guess the 2 products I'm about to recommend are sleep props...but I'm of the strong opinion that if you have something that works with a non-sle[...]
Before giving birth to my son I had never heard of a 'high need' (HN) baby. In fact, even in the months after giving birth to my son I didn't hear the term. It wasn't until one day when nursing my son to sleep that I was frantically Googling WHY my child had his particular behaviors that I came[...]
Sometimes I feel like I'm saying the same thing over and over again. I don't want to be a whiner or a broken record, but lack of understanding and empathy from friends, family and strangers are a big complaint around these parts. Anyone who's had a baby with an easy or average temperament, or one[...]
A common theme among parents who frequent this site and my Facebook page is that family and friends just don't 'get' what it's like having a fussy baby. They may assume the baby's parents are overreacting to normal baby behaviour, or that the baby's excessive crying and fussiness is the result of [...]
It it possible to have all-day colic? If not, why does my baby cry all day? Prior to having kids, you might have imagined parenthood something like this: You bring your baby home from the hospital, still slightly hungover on adrenaline and hormones, and prepare for your new life together. You[...]