Tag: Characteristics

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 My Baby Colicky or High Needs?

Is My Baby Colicky or High Needs?

[ 2 ] 5:18 pm |

One of the tricky parts of running this site is constantly trying not to scare new parents into thinking their colicky baby is going to turn into a ‘high need’ baby! If you’re new to the all day/all night crying, screaming, fussing, non-sleeping scene, all the terms you’ll read on this site (and others) can […]

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The Most Harmful Misconception About Spirited Kids

The Most Harmful Misconception About Spirited Kids

[ 5 ] 10:42 am |

I first learned about the term ‘spirited child’ when my Sammy was just about a year old. A friend gave me Mary Sheedy Kurcinka’s excellent book, Raising Your Spirited Child, and I couldn’t believe how spot on she was in describing my boy. I had previously discovered the term high need baby, but as Sammy […]

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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?

[ 23 ] 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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Fussy Toddler

Fussy Toddler

[ 0 ] 10:06 am |

Fussiness and crankiness are definitely not traits reserved for babies. There are many reasons why a toddler may be fussy, and as many toddlers are not yet verbal, it can be difficult to figure out the cause. Causes of Fussiness in Toddlers The causes of fussiness in toddlers can range from minor physical ailments to […]

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Characteristics of The Spirited Child

Characteristics of The Spirited Child

[ 14 ] 3:21 pm |

About 20% of all babies born have temperament traits of a fussy or high need, or what we call a spirited child. Spirited children share many of the characteristics you will find below. They require extra TLC (Tender Loving Care) from parents because their behaviour can be very challenging. Children generally do not change their […]

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