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Holly Klaassen and kidsWelcome 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!

Not sure if you have a high need baby? Start here

 

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New Research: Husbands May Be Key To Reducing Colic

New Research: Husbands May Be Key To Reducing Colic

New research published in the journal Child: Care, Health and Development suggests that husbands may play a significant role in whether or not a baby has colic. We've known for a long time that a mom's ongoing ("trait") depression or anxiety - both prenatally and postnatally - are correlated [...]

Research On High Need Babies [Fact Sheet]

Research On High Need Babies [Fact Sheet]

For parents of fussy or high need babies, there are often more questions than there are answers. Some of these questions might be: Where did the term "high need baby" come from? How many babies are born fussy or high need? What causes some babies to be fussier than others? Could[...]

Sleep Training: Is It Safe & Effective? [Fact Sheet]

Sleep Training: Is It Safe & Effective? [Fact Sheet]

*Scroll to the end of this post to download the complete sleep training fact sheet. There is probably no parenting topic quite as controversial as sleep training (ok, vaccinations would be right up there!). In case you're not familiar with the term, sleep training is essentially when paren[...]

50 Secrets To Parenting A Spirited Child

50 Secrets To Parenting A Spirited Child

Kids don't come with instructions, obviously. But with high need or spirited kids, we REALLY need them. You've likely already discovered that the usual strategies and techniques that work on more easygoing kids sometimes don't work with high need, strong-willed or "difficult" kids. This ca[...]

What Is A High Need Baby?

What Is A High Need Baby?

This seems like such a simple question, right? If you've heard the term before, you've probably already assigned a specific meaning to it. You may think of a high need baby or toddler as one who: Is fussy because of a physical condition like reflux, a food allergy or sensitivity or a lip[...]

Is Your Baby High Needs….Or Just Overtired?

Is Your Baby High Needs....Or Just Overtired?

There's one thing harder than a high need baby: an overtired high need baby! As you already know, high need babies tend to exhibit some characteristics that can be particularly draining for their parents. These characteristics or behaviours can include increased intensity, sensitivity, hypera[...]

What’s The Best Parenting Style For High Need Kids?

What's The Best Parenting Style For High Need Kids?

Do you ever find yourself wondering if there's one "right" approach or style when it comes to parenting a high need child? Certain books tell us that these kids need a strict, firm approach. We should set up schedules and routines, then be very consistent. We should set strong boundaries, the[...]

How Do I Deal With My Spirited Child’s Tantrums?

How Do I Deal With My Spirited Child's Tantrums?

You’ve probably already figured out that parenting a spirited toddler or preschooler is MUCH different than parenting a more easygoing kid. All those strategies that you see working with other kids (or that worked with YOUR other kids) just seem to make your child even more frustrated, upset [...]

Do You Have A High Need Baby? [Quiz]

Do You Have A High Need Baby? [Quiz]

Have you always suspected there was something a little different about your baby? Maybe you've noticed he or she: Doesn't sleep well, day or night Seems to have more intense reactions than other babies Isn't content to just sit and look around - needs constant entertainment Rarely s[...]

30 Hacks To Keep Your Baby Or Toddler Entertained (For More Than 5 Minutes)

30 Hacks To Keep Your Baby Or Toddler Entertained (For More Than 5 Minutes)

I'll admit it: when my kids were little, I found myself OUT OF MY MIND BORED about 50% of the time. I was always happy when we had actual things we needed to get done - things like eating, taking a bath or running an errand. But the remaining time was hard for me. What do you do for 12+ hours[...]

 

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