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Holly Klaassen has been running The Fussy Baby Site since 2007. Inspired to start the site after giving birth to her second child, the site aims to provide support and information to parents of fussy, colicky, high need or 'spirited' babies and kids. The main message of this site? You are not alone! When Holly isn't writing for The Fussy Baby Site, she can be found writing for other businesses on topics related to digital marketing, social media, business, and of course, parenting.

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Holly Klaassen has been running The Fussy Baby Site since 2007. Inspired to start the site after giving birth to her second child, the site aims to provide support and information to parents of fussy, colicky, high need or 'spirited' babies and kids. The main message of this site? You are not alone! When Holly isn't writing for The Fussy Baby Site, she can be found writing for other businesses on topics related to digital marketing, social media, business, and of course, parenting.

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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)

[ 0 ] 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

[ 2 ] 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

[ 2 ] 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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Is There Really Such a Thing as a High Need Baby?

Is There Really Such a Thing as a High Need Baby?

[ 8 ] 10:48 pm |

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 poor or misguided parenting […]

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Baby Cries All Day: Is it Possible to Have All-Day Colic?

Baby Cries All Day: Is it Possible to Have All-Day Colic?

[ 2 ] 4:29 pm |

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 already know babies cry […]

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