Tag: Difficult Baby

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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Jeni’s Story: Survival is the Only Option

[ 4 ] 6:19 am |

I distinctly remember standing in my friend Christina’s backyard, swaying back and forth as a three-month-old Ella slept, head slumped against my shoulder after having cried her way through the entire afternoon barbecue. Christina, childless at the time and blind to the universe of the fussy baby, looked at me and said, “Oh good. She […]

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The Green Eyed Monster

The Green Eyed Monster

[ 7 ] 10:12 pm |

I had two disagreeable newborns. Neither were the kind of babies who could nap anywhere or go anywhere or be amenable to whatever situation they found themselves in. They hated the car, they hated being put down. Really, they both hated pretty much everything. It was hard enough being around all of my friends while […]

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Is this thing on?

Is this thing on?

[ 6 ] 3:26 am |

Whenever I start up a conversation with a random mom and they mention that they had such a good first baby, but that their second one is much more difficult, I immediately tell them about The Fussy Baby Site. It is the place where I found solace, where I realized that it wasn’t just me […]

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Clarity, Nine Months Later

Clarity, Nine Months Later

[ 4 ] 7:08 am |

I’ve always been a people pleaser – the laid back peace making joker. The latter is more so in recent years but even so, it’s all related. So when it was time to go to my doctor 6 weeks after delivering my little one I kept it even keel. She asked me if I had […]

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Baby Cries All Day

Baby Cries All Day

[ 0 ] 9:33 am |

Have you found this site by googling, ‘Baby cries all day‘? Do any of the following apply to your baby? When he’s awake, he’s crying (or screaming) She needs constant attention, holding, or entertainment People call him grumpy, cranky, or difficult She appears to be uncomfortable or in pain much of the time He has […]

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Using Positive Labels With Our Spirited Child

Using Positive Labels With Our Spirited Child

[ 0 ] 10:39 am |

Using positive labels to describe our spirited child is not only good for them, but it can actually change the way we perceive their behaviors, and even the way we feel about them. If we are constantly using negative words to refer to our kids, even if only in our minds, we will start to […]

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Tami’s Story: Colic and Postpartum Depression

Tami’s Story: Colic and Postpartum Depression

[ 0 ] 3:23 pm |

When McKenna was born in January of 2003, I didn’t realize that my whole world was about to change. I was aware that having a baby changes your life; after all, I already had a 10 year old son. But from the time McKenna came out screaming at 3:19am that January morning, little did I […]

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Labeling Our Babies

Labeling Our Babies

[ 0 ] 1:43 pm |

I don’t want to use words too soon about a baby, other than, ‘Gee, they’re really telling us they have needs, and how can we meet those needs?’. –Linda Budd Before your baby was born, you probably had warm, positive feelings toward him. You and your partner dreamed about what he would be like, and […]

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Temperament and Fussiness: When Do I Know if My Child is Spirited?

Temperament and Fussiness: When Do I Know if My Child is Spirited?

[ 1 ] 7:48 pm |

Dr. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of the book, Raising Your Spirited Child, first coined the term ‘spirited child’ over 20 years ago. Being careful not to slap labels on kids (especially babies), she instead focuses on redefining our understanding of how our child reacts to their environment. Sometimes referred to as the ‘difficult child’, Dr. […]

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