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Category: General Parenting

You’re Not Letting Me Have the Happy Home I Wanted (A Letter to My High Need Child)

You’re Not Letting Me Have the Happy Home I Wanted (A Letter to My High Need Child)

[ 1 ] 6:16 pm |

To my darling high need child: Before I start, let me emphasize that I love you more than life itself. I would do anything for you, and wouldn’t trade you for anything in the world. BUT…….. The past _______ months/years haven’t been easy for me and your father/mother/sibling(s). I know they haven’t been easy for […]

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A Brief History of The Fussy Baby Site

A Brief History of The Fussy Baby Site

[ 1 ] 4:49 pm |

I can’t remember the exact moment I decided to start The Fussy Baby Site, but I know it was when Sammy was 5 months old (5 months old!!!) and my daughter was almost 3. The first months were filled with sleep deprivation, crying, screaming, feeding issues, reflux, a dairy intolerance – you name it. We […]

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Is There Really Such a Thing as a High Need Baby?

Is There Really Such a Thing as a High Need Baby?

[ 9 ] 10:48 pm |

A common theme among parents who frequent this site and my Facebook page is that family and friends just don’t ‘get’ what it’s like having a fussy baby. They may assume the baby’s parents are overreacting to normal baby behaviour, or that the baby’s excessive crying and fussiness is the result of poor or misguided parenting […]

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Restaurant Gives Discount for Kids With Good Behaviour: A Good Idea or Not?

Restaurant Gives Discount for Kids With Good Behaviour: A Good Idea or Not?

[ 2 ] 9:51 am |

  Photo from Reddit A photo originally posted on Reddit has been flying around my Facebook newsfeed the past couple of days. It was also the subject of some pretty heated debate on my favourite talk radio show yesterday, and I’ve been thinking about it all ever since. Before I give you my thoughts on it, here’s […]

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Letting Go of the ‘Should’s’

Letting Go of the ‘Should’s’

[ 4 ] 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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Disturbing Vintage Baby Ads: Remedies for Colic, Gas and Other Baby Ailments

Disturbing Vintage Baby Ads: Remedies for Colic, Gas and Other Baby Ailments

[ 1 ] 11:21 pm |

It’s hard to believe, but the following are real vintage ads for remedies for common baby ailments like colic, gas (wind), teething, rash and colds. Disturbing doesn’t even begin to describe some of these. It’s not colic, it’s insomnia! “Colic, nothing! She has insomnia!”. Personally, Bill, I think she’s just the gay type – [she […]

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20 Genius Baby Hacks to Make Your Life Simpler

20 Genius Baby Hacks to Make Your Life Simpler

[ 6 ] 1:56 pm |

I have to admit I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time lately reading ‘hacks’: tips or tricks to make life easier (or at least more fun). I know my husband has LOVED hearing how to pull out a sliver using baking soda, use bread clips to organize power cords, and how to microwave leftovers […]

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Cat Soothes Baby to Sleep [Video]

Cat Soothes Baby to Sleep [Video]

[ 1 ] 9:23 am |

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4 Bits of Advice for Parents of High Need Babies

4 Bits of Advice for Parents of High Need Babies

[ 11 ] 11:10 am |

Baby books and websites will often give you tips for making life with your baby easier and less stressful. These tips may include: ‘Get your baby into a good routine as early as possible’, ‘Put your baby to bed drowsy but not asleep’, ‘If your baby is fussy, it’s probably because of gas’, and ‘Be […]

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Resolutions Are For Children

Resolutions Are For Children

[ 0 ] 9:45 am |

Let’s be honest. New Year’s Resolutions are kind of a joke. A sad joke. They are a flash in the pan of hopefulness. Sure….2012 added fifteen pounds, nearly cleaned out the savings and was as romantic as a Quentin Tarantino movie. But this year will be different. I’m RESOLVED that it will be different. (And […]

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