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Preparing your Child for Daylight Savings: A Quick Guide

Preparing your Child for Daylight Savings: A Quick Guide

[ 0 ] 12:11 pm |

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 […]

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7 Great Products for High Need Babies

7 Great Products for High Need Babies

[ 1 ] 5:43 pm |

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 quickly about high […]

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Kimberly’s Story: How to Survive with a High Need Baby

Kimberly’s Story: How to Survive with a High Need Baby

[ 0 ] 12:12 pm |

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. My story […]

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You’re Not Letting Me Have the Happy Home I Wanted (A Letter to My High Need Child)

You’re Not Letting Me Have the Happy Home I Wanted (A Letter to My High Need Child)

[ 2 ] 6:16 pm |

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 know they haven’t been easy for […]

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Meg’s Story: An Invitation to Meet Colicky, High Need and Spirited Moms Near You

Meg’s Story: An Invitation to Meet Colicky, High Need and Spirited Moms Near You

[ 2 ] 10:48 am |

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 […]

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The Most Harmful Misconception About Spirited Kids

The Most Harmful Misconception About Spirited Kids

[ 3 ] 10:42 am |

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 as Sammy […]

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A Brief History of The Fussy Baby Site

A Brief History of The Fussy Baby Site

[ 1 ] 4:49 pm |

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. We […]

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The 2 Products You Must Have to Help Your Fussy Newborn Sleep

The 2 Products You Must Have to Help Your Fussy Newborn Sleep

[ 3 ] 6:40 pm |

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-sleeping baby, do it! And I […]

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Kimberly’s Story: Single and Unemployed with a High Need Baby

Kimberly’s Story: Single and Unemployed with a High Need Baby

[ 0 ] 11:58 am |

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 […]

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Badges for Your Blog or Social Media Profile

Badges for Your Blog or Social Media Profile

[ 4 ] 11:17 am |

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 […]

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