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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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Susan’s Story: A Moment of Perspective

Susan’s Story: A Moment of Perspective

[ 2 ] 1:08 pm |

There are times when I have a moment of clarity. Today was one. After we came back from being out all day I was worn out. I looked at Jacob and thought: This is one of those moments when I wish I could just lay down and relax after being at the park and the […]

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Wait it Out (WIO) or Cry it Out (CIO): Is This Really the Best We Can Do?

Wait it Out (WIO) or Cry it Out (CIO): Is This Really the Best We Can Do?

[ 16 ] 2:07 pm |

If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while, there’s a good chance you already know my views on the whole sleep training issue (I could use the word debate here, but I’m purposely choosing not to…this only further promotes the ‘mommy wars’). I like to think of myself as ‘pro sleep’, rather […]

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Sponsored: Vic’s Starry Night Humidifier (& Contest!)

Sponsored: Vic’s Starry Night Humidifier (& Contest!)

[ 0 ] 9:33 am |

If you have a fussy or high need baby who is suffering with a cold or congestion, you are likely ALL suffering. Fussy babies have enough trouble coping with life, so a stuffy nose or cough can make life almost unbearable for them (and for you!). Being in the middle of flu season here in B.C., […]

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Letting Go of the ‘Should’s’

Letting Go of the ‘Should’s’

[ 2 ] 2:33 pm |

There is one thing, one insidious thing, that makes life with a high need child 10x harder than it needs to be. It’s not the fact that your little one wakes up 5 times a night. It’s not that he’s a fussy eater who can’t go more than 1 or 2 hours between feeds. It’s […]

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Nothing is Wrong…She’s Just a High Need Baby

Nothing is Wrong…She’s Just a High Need Baby

[ 1 ] 8:45 am |

I’ve spent more than 8 months wondering what was wrong with my baby, testing various theories, hating myself, resenting her, fighting with my husband, and getting nowhere. I’ve finally figured it out. Nothing. Nothing is wrong with her. She cries a lot, yes. But she also talks a lot. She has a greater variety of […]

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Feeding a Fussy Baby: Causes, Challenges and Solutions

Feeding a Fussy Baby: Causes, Challenges and Solutions

[ 5 ] 9:42 pm |

One of the most challenging aspects of having a fussy baby is feeding. Parents of fussy or high need babies often report short, unpredictable and difficult feedings, regardless of whether the baby is breastfed or formula-fed. Common feeding issues for fussy babies include: Fussing or crying during or after a feeding Baby pulling away or […]

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Colic Relief: 17 Ways to Calm Colic

Colic Relief: 17 Ways to Calm Colic

[ 1 ] 4:36 pm |

Colic stinks. There’s not too much more I can say about that. When your baby has colic, you’re willing to try anything and everything to stop the crying and soothe your baby. Following are 17 soothing techniques you can use right now to provide colic relief.  The Colic Hold Place your baby face down along […]

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40 Fussy Baby Soothing Techniques: The Complete Guide

40 Fussy Baby Soothing Techniques: The Complete Guide

[ 3 ] 3:00 pm |

When your fussy baby won’t stop crying and you feel like you’re going to LOSE IT, it can be helpful to have a list of soothing techniques you can try. Most of us end up getting stuck using the same old techniques, again and again, regardless of whether they’re working or not. Following is a […]

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Short Naps, Waking Too Early, and Not Sleeping Through the Night?

Short Naps, Waking Too Early, and Not Sleeping Through the Night?

[ 0 ] 11:14 am |

I recently asked our parents to tell me the biggest issue they’re struggling with right now. Can you guess what it is? Yes – SLEEP! I asked my friend Erica from Confident Parenting for some advice on your most common problems: Short naps (20-45 minutes), when our babies should be sleeping through the night (STTN) […]

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Sponsored: An Affordable Gentle Formula Alternative

Sponsored: An Affordable Gentle Formula Alternative

[ 0 ] 11:39 am |

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club. All opinions are 100% mine. I breastfed both my babies. I LOVED nursing, for the most part. While it was tricky at first, I was proud of myself for sticking it out, and feel so blessed to have had that experience. That […]

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