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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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DIY Sleep Training Programs for High Need Babies

DIY Sleep Training Programs for High Need Babies

[ 0 ] 1:40 pm |

Let’s get real: hiring a sleep consultant can be expensive. While I personally believe a good sleep consultant (one who knows high need babies) is worth every penny, I know not everyone can swing it financially. This is when do-it-yourself (DIY) sleep training methods are so helpful. First off, let me just say that not […]

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Surefire New Strategy To Calm a Fussy Baby?

Surefire New Strategy To Calm a Fussy Baby?

[ 0 ] 2:39 pm |

One more trick to try when your baby’s crying…who doesn’t need that?! I came across this video clip today from pediatrician Dr. Robert Hamilton of Pacific Ocean Pediatrics. It shows the good doctor picking up a crying baby (facing downwards), and gently folding the baby’s arms under his chest. He then holds the baby’s bottom […]

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How To Handle Sleep Regressions With Your High Need Baby

How To Handle Sleep Regressions With Your High Need Baby

[ 0 ] 12:03 pm |

By Nicole Johnson, Founder and Lead Consultant of The Baby Sleep Site® Sleep regressions are no joke, man. A sleep regression can cause even the best sleeper to suddenly take too-short naps (or skip naps altogether) and wake frequently at night. In my work with families, I’ve learned that sleep regressions usually top a parent’s […]

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Top 10 Tips For Driving With a Fussy or High Need Baby

Top 10 Tips For Driving With a Fussy or High Need Baby

[ 0 ] 9:34 am |

“All babies love the car!”, they said. “When your baby won’t sleep, just put him in the car and drive around a bit. That will knock him out in no time!”. If that’s your hysterical laughter I hear in the background, chances are you have a high need baby. While it’s true that some high need […]

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High Need Baby Survey Results [Free Report]

High Need Baby Survey Results [Free Report]

[ 4 ] 12:22 pm |

Earlier this year, over 1,400 of our parents participated in a survey on The Fussy Baby Site. I wanted to get answers to questions like: Does having a stressful pregnancy or labor result in having a high need child? Is there a correlation between taking antidepressents while pregnant and having a fussy baby? Does having a […]

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An Open Letter To Partners of High Needs Babies’ Mothers

An Open Letter To Partners of High Needs Babies’ Mothers

[ 0 ] 3:52 pm |

Dear Guys, It’s not just her. We’re all like that. Mommies are biologically wired to respond to our babies’ needs. Crying is the only way they have to communicate with us, and when they cry, we don’t just hear it; we FEEL it. Like, deep in our soul, pulling at our hearts feel it. Don’t […]

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Solving the Mystery of The High Needs Puzzle

Solving the Mystery of The High Needs Puzzle

[ 0 ] 2:25 pm |

I’ve heard several people refer to “the high needs puzzle”, and it’s a term I’m growing to use and love more and more. Too often, we’re told that there is one, singular reason why our baby or toddler is fussy or high need. Some of the suggested reasons are that: You’re spoiling your baby You […]

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Chrissy’s Story: Colic, Guilt and Postpartum Depression

Chrissy’s Story: Colic, Guilt and Postpartum Depression

[ 4 ] 2:27 pm |

My story starts before my little girl was born. Man, she was a character even in my belly. She was ALWAYS moving in there! And boy, did she give my ribs and bladder a work out; being so petite (she was born 6lbs 6ozs pretty much right on time) she had neverending room to play. […]

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Is Your Child Desperately Overtired? Overcoming a Sleep Deficit With a High Needs Child

Is Your Child Desperately Overtired? Overcoming a Sleep Deficit With a High Needs Child

[ 0 ] 5:30 pm |

By Diana Julian, certified child sleep consultant and owner of Big Sky Lullaby Sleep Consulting If you are a parent of a high need child, I don’t have to tell you that when your child is tired their challenging temperament becomes even more challenging. This is because they are more sensitive to stimulation, so if […]

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The Gift of the Not-So-Easy Baby

The Gift of the Not-So-Easy Baby

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“It’s not walking away when a mirror is held up in front of you and you see how much you are ruled by the expectations of society instead of what your desires are and the needs of your family.” A few months into my parenting journey, this quote from Mayim Bialik really hit home for […]

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