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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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3 Research-Backed Ways To Help Your High Need Baby Sleep

3 Research-Backed Ways To Help Your High Need Baby Sleep

3:28 pm |

In a recent survey, I asked parents of high need babies about sleep. Based on what I’ve heard from parents over the past nine years of running this site, I felt quite confident in being able to predict what they were going to say: that their high need baby had troubles falling asleep, staying asleep […]

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Is It Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or High Needs?

Is It Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or High Needs?

10:21 pm |

High need babies are known for their sensitivity and intensity. High needs is a continuum, of course, but most high need babies tend to fall on the high end of the scale when it comes to these two traits. Because of this, many parents begin to wonder and worry that there may be something more […]

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10 Innovative New Products For Fussy Babies

10 Innovative New Products For Fussy Babies

1:36 pm |

I’m super excited about this post!!! I’m regularly asked which products I recommend for fussy, colicky and high need babies and toddlers. As you may have noticed, there are many products that sound great…until you actually bring them home and try them. New products are constantly coming across my desk, and to be honest, I […]

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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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