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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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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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)

6:38 pm |

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 […]

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Getting Through The Fussy Stage: A Story Of Hope

Getting Through The Fussy Stage: A Story Of Hope

11:44 am |

Editor’s note: Special thanks to Leslee Harrington for sharing her story of hope with us! My son James was born November 13, 2014 at 39 weeks. He was a planned Cesarean since he was breech.  I like to joke and say he was literally stubborn before he was born! From the beginning we struggled with […]

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4 Causes Of Evening Fussiness In Babies (And How To Fix Them)

4 Causes Of Evening Fussiness In Babies (And How To Fix Them)

11:20 am |

Evening fussiness was the bane of my existence when my kids were little. I vividly remember that come 5:00, any semblance of peace and order we had achieved during the day went out the window. If this is your experience too, you’ve already experienced what’s known as the “witching hour”. This is that time of the night – […]

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You Are Enough

You Are Enough

12:57 pm |

When you have a baby who is rarely happy or content, it can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. It can lead you to start questioning every decision you make, just in case it’s the reason your baby is inconsolable. It’s easy to feel like you aren’t enough. Sometimes you feel […]

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7 Tips For Flying With A Fussy Baby

7 Tips For Flying With A Fussy Baby

4:03 pm |

  Taking a high need baby or toddler on an airplane can be an utterly overwhelming prospect. High need kids tend to have intense emotional needs that require constant attention. They cry more and often need non-stop entertainment. The thought of taking them into a small space, surrounded by potentially judgmental strangers is scary! Your first […]

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Top Products For Fussy Babies [Survey Results]

Top Products For Fussy Babies [Survey Results]

10:45 am |

It’s been estimated that parents spend around $12,000 on baby-related expenses during a child’s first year. Of course, a large chunk of that amount includes formula, diapers and an allotment for housing. However, I’m guessing a hefty chunk of that $12K is also spent on gear designed to make life with a new baby easier. […]

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A Parents’ Guide To A High Need Baby: 8 Ways To Stay Sane

A Parents’ Guide To A High Need Baby: 8 Ways To Stay Sane

5:25 pm |

Having a high need baby can be overwhelming. These are the babies who seem to hate sleep, never seem to be content, and require a LOT of patience from their parents. They are intense and can easily push you to the edge of insanity. This post will provide 8 tips to stay sane with a high […]

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5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Colic

5 Things I Wish I Had Known About Colic

4:06 pm |

I first encountered colic (briefly) when I was a young teenager. One of my first babysitting jobs involved watching three kids, one of whom had colic. That was a LONG night! My next real encounter was when I had my first child. My daughter would have unexplained bouts of inconsolable crying and screaming, mainly at […]

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