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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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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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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