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High Needs Babies Are Exhausting…..But SO Worth It!

You may find yourself a bit perplexed at some of the terminology you’ve seen used throughout this site; terms like colic, high need (high needs) and spirited. There are many possible situations or triggers that may have brought you here, but one thing is fairly certain: your baby or child is fussier and ‘needier’ than you expected.

This post will point you to some of the best resources available on the topic of the high needs baby (we use high need and high needs interchangeably through this site). If you have a newborn who cries and fusses most of the time, you may have a high need baby. If you have a newborn who usually only cries in the evenings, or at set times during the day, he or she likely has colic, and should outgrow the excessive crying by around 3-4 months of age. If you have an older child (1 year+) who is fussy, resistant to routines and more persistent than other kids, you may have what we call a spirited child.

If your child is fussy due to temperament, then oftentimes we’ll see all 3 (colic, high need behaviours, spirited) over their first few years. Temperament is evident from as early as a couple of days old, and for many of us, this temperament was evident in our spirited kids right from birth!

If you have a high need baby, parenting is probably not what you expected. It’s gruelling work, and you may feel jealous and resentful that everyone else seems to have ‘easy’ babies. Please know that there are many parents (myself included) who are here to support you through this journey.

These high need babies really do turn out to be the most amazing kids…all the extra effort you put in now will pay off in spades over the next few years!

Sleep and High Needs Babies

Sleep Tips for High Need Kids

Sleep Training a High Need Baby

6 Sleep Tips for High Need Babies (Free eBook)

Sleep Training and High Need Babies (eBook)

Life With a High Need Baby

High Need Baby Fact Sheet (Free Download)

Is There Really Such a Thing as a High Need Baby? [Research]

The Complete High Need Baby Resource Guide

You’re Not Letting Me Have The Happy Home I Wanted: A Letter to My High Need Child

What I Wish Doctors Knew About High Need Babies

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

Do High Need Babies Turn Into High Need Kids?

When Do High Need Babies Get Easier?

The 9 Causes of Colic, Fussiness, High Need Behaviour and the Spirited Temperament [Satire]

High Need Baby Badges For Your Website or Blog

This is Not the Child I Dreamt of

Ages and Stages of the High Need Baby

Why It’s Not ‘Just’ Colic or Fussiness

Letting Go of the ‘Shoulds’

Characteristics of the Spirited (High Need) Child

12 Features of a High Need Baby (Dr. Sears)

Raising a High Needs Baby (Dr. Sears)

High-Need Baby (Today’s Parent)

Could You Have a High Need Baby? (5 Minutes for Mom)

Advice for Parents of High Needs Babies

4 Bits of Advice for Parents of High Need Babies

How to Get Things Done with a High Need Baby

7 Great Products for High Need Babies

Taking Your High Need Child to a Playgroup

High Needs Baby Stories

Holly’s Story: Life with a High Need Baby 

Kimberly’s Story: How to Survive With a High Need Baby

Kimberly’s Story: Single and Unemployed With a High Need Baby

Nadine’s Story: Accepting a High Need Baby

Kristin’s Story: My Son’s Colic and High Needs Contributed to My Postpartum Depression

Rhonda’s Story: How We’ve Survived a High Need Baby

Sherry’s Story: Having a High Need Baby After Infertility

Jennifer’s Story: Having 2 High Need Babies

Jill’s Story: Having a High Need Twin

Liwen’s Story: Running on Empty

High Needs Baby Support

The Fussy Baby Site Facebook Page

The Fussy Baby Site Private Facebook Support Group – Babies

The Fussy Baby Site Private Facebook Support Group – Toddlers+


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