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!
Remember before you had children when gaining an hour was such a luxury? Not so when it leads to overtired, cranky little ones and 5 a.m. wakeup calls. Don’t panic parents! Here are some tips to help you prepare your little ones for the change in advance. Option #1: Do Nothing If your child is[...]
When Sammy was a baby, I tried all sorts of products that promised to help him sleep, calm him down or keep him entertained. But guess what? I discovered that the products recommended in baby books and websites were more often than not designed for 'easy' babies! The thing you realize very qu[...]
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[...]