Author Archive: Holly

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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I Feel Like My Baby Hates Me. Help!

I Feel Like My Baby Hates Me. Help!

11:06 am |

This is the kind of blog post that probably wouldn’t do well on a typical parenting blog. Better blog post titles for mainstream “mommy blogs” might be: Top Reason I Love Being a Mom 7 Fun Activities You Can Do With Your Baby 5 Tips For Getting Your 3 Month Old To Sleep Through The Night […]

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New Research: Husbands May Be Key To Reducing Colic

New Research: Husbands May Be Key To Reducing Colic

3:01 pm |

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 with having a fussy baby. However, the role […]

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Research On High Need Babies [Fact Sheet]

Research On High Need Babies [Fact Sheet]

3:22 pm |

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 something I have done […]

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

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

9:48 am |

*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 parents intervene to help their baby learn to […]

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50 Secrets To Parenting A Spirited Child

50 Secrets To Parenting A Spirited Child

9:28 am |

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 can leave you asking, “How on earth am I supposed to […]

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What Is A High Need Baby?

What Is A High Need Baby?

2:14 pm |

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 or tongue […]

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Is Your Baby High Needs….Or Just Overtired?

Is Your Baby High Needs….Or Just Overtired?

4:46 pm |

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, hyperactivity, etc. For babies who already struggle with these traits, adding sleep […]

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

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

8:58 am |

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, then enforce those boundaries at all costs. Eventually, […]

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

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

11:07 am |

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 or out of control. This likely leaves […]

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Do You Have A High Need Baby? [Quiz]

Do You Have A High Need Baby? [Quiz]

2:53 pm |

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 seems to be happy or content Doesn’t easily […]

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