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Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

My baby seems so high needs and fussy. She doesn't tolerate the car seat very well, and can rarely play by herself. It gets worse towards the end of the day. Her newest thing is not letting anyone besides me or my husband hold her. I wonder if I am doing something wrong? I'm home with her all day, and I know she gets lots of love and attention. Will it ever get better? Will I have a happy little girl at some point?

Re: My baby seems so high needs and fussy. She doesn't tolerate the car seat very well, and can rarely play by herself. It gets worse towards the end of the day. Her newest thing is not letting anyone besides me or my husband hold her. I wonder if I am doing something wrong? I'm home with her all day, and I know she gets lots of love and attention. Will it ever get better? Will I have a happy little girl at some point?

The Bump Expert

With enough love, care and structure, all children can become happier beings. Babies are very difficult to understand, and need to be approached with a great deal of care. Sometimes, children that are deemed horrendous by their parents simply need some schedule tweaking and rule implementation.

I find that they do best with adhering to a very strict schedule that keeps them becoming too tired or under-stimulated. Nap and sleep time should be the same each day, as should the schedule of events like getting dressed, meals, play and baths. Keep a log of her behavior for a few days so you can note what seems to upset her. You should be able to get a clearer picture of what she likes and doesn't like, and how she responds to certain situations.

Since you're home all day with her, I'd break up her day into very small
segments that could be repeated each day. Children love routine and knowing exactly what is going to happen next. For older babies, I like to break activity sessions into 45-60 minute blocks of structured and unstructured play. A baby simply can not stay in the same room doing the same thing for several hours without getting bored and acting out.

 

Tammy Gold

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

There is a dvd that every new parent should watch. It is called The Happiest Baby on the Block. I find that the swaddling, shhshing and use of the pacifier work well for my baby. If you are breastfeeding I don't know that giving the baby a pacifier is recommended unless the breastfeeding has been well established however you can always swaddle and turn on the hair dryer close to her to calm her down. Hope this info helps those out there that went through the same feelings of helplessness that I went through. It takes a while to get used to and do not be so hard on yourself. It will get better with practice and time. It is totally normal to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. The bump expert is also right. My sister recommended that I start trying to put her on a sleep schedule and she does like this. We are beginning to bathe her at 8 or 9 at night and then give her a bottle and put her to bed. It will take a little while for her to get used to the schedule but I'm sure that it will get easier as well. Good Luck to All and Congratulations! Enjoy (at least try to) every moment! It will pass very quickly...

kcdorsey75 |

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

My daughter became really fussy around the one month mark, and my mom suggested I put her on a feeding, playing sleeping schedule. It only took 2 days and she was so much happier! She eats every 4 hours, and no sooner, but if she sleeps through a feeding at night we don't wake her. During the day, she plays between feedings except for one morning nap and one afternoon nap. We move from room to room every hour, and go outside a lot (she loves that- walking outside stops a crying jag immediately for her) and we have started a bedtime routine as well. Its like we have a different baby now! She is happy most of the day, and sleeps for at least 7 hours without waking every night!

KiraRhysMommy |

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

I had the same situation with my daughter, so I feel your pain! My daughter is five now and is a very happy, independent, and well adjusted child. Our second child is 8 months old. I parent him the same way that I parented my daughter and he acts completely differently than she did. He plays independently and is very easy going. Having a second baby was proof to me that kids are all different and parents don't create high needs babies (something I worried a lot about). In terms of advice that might help your daughter - SLEEP. My daughter wasn't getting enough sleep and when I focused on getting her to nap better and go to bed earlier for the night we had some relief. She was still high needs but sleep really helped. In terms of not wanting to go to other people? Just follow her lead. I think if you respect the fact that she doesn't want others to hold her for now she will get over this issue quicker than if you encouraged her to get over her fear. This worked for us. My daughter is very extraverted now and when she started kindergarten she had NO trouble separating from me like a lot of other children. I think that's because we never forced her to go to other people when she was uncomfortable. Good luck!!

pushypants |

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

I have a fussy baby too. This article is really helpful!!! Anybody with a fussy baby should read this!! http://hubpages.com/hub/Ways-to-soothe-a-fussy-baby Good luck!!

amsamuels |

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

I have a fussy baby & agree the mom who posted about The Happiest Baby on the Block dvd - the 5 S's work like a charm. And I recently found an App for my iPhone called "Baby Shusher," that does the shushing at the right volume and on baby's cue! Love it!

mommy2boys76 |

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

Sounds like she may not be getting enough sleep. My daughter was the same way until she was eight months old and began sleeping through the night (12 hours) and taking two good naps during the day. Before that she was taking only a half hour nap at a time and was waking several times a night for us to help her back to sleep. She did not do well in the car, cried when my mother tried to hold her, etc. She was just a crank-pot. We had to do some sleep training with her and is now a good sleeper and also tollerates everything 100x better than before. Just my two cents. Good luck!!

corinnees |

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

My baby is super fussy. We watched the Happiest Baby DVD twice before she was born and it helped a little. Well she is 5 months old according to the internet she shouldnt be swaddled anymore because its not safe. She wont take a paci (she will chew on the edge of the soothie ones RARELY). She isnt awful about naps but she has to be in the swing or she wont sleep. She likes white noise. There is an awesome website my husband just found called SimplyNoise... Before we found that we used the vacuum to get her to sleep. She also likes going outside... If going outside doesnt quiet her down you know shes too far gone and needed something long ago so thats nice... but then she gets bitten by mosquitoes the second shes brought outside... cant seem to win.

aray06 |

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

I am a single mother and my little baby is very fussy. I've recently applied for one of those masters of public administration online and it is very difficult for me to study as she wants me to be permanently with her even when she is sleeping. I've tried a lot of tricks but didn't work. I have a friend who is a psychologist and she told me that my baby suffers of separation anxiety. It is very difficult for me to understand this as I was always there with her and there were very few times when I let her two or three days with my mother but it seems that this had an impact on her.

Ritarit |

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

Consistency, structure and love will win out. My baby was SO fussy the first months of his life, never content and awake. Now he is the happiest little guy, there is hope :)

Lizzydi |

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

We had the same situation before. My son is already 4years old but so far he's fine when Im driving our vehicle. I tried to check for honda parts and accessories that could help me on car seats. Its really important to adjust your vehicle for your baby's safety.

dwight31 |

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She is 2 mnth old restless even when I feed her, difficulty in pooping sometimes take day or two she's also looking up the roof or side ways with bit stiff head or neck

andiswa kakaza |

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

My child becomes fussy when she's not had enough naps or sleep. Don't worry, this phase will pass. My neice was like that until she went to daycare and suddenly she was polite, patient, listened to her mom and wasn't afraid of strangers. It helped her see good behaviour patterns from other children.

Farah32 |

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

Every child has his own rhythm of adjusting to social common rigors. While some parents already figure out how to fine the best early schooling for kids, others still struggle with making their kid act friendly in public. Nothing can actually predict this discrepancy, all I can suggest is that you give your child all your time and patience.

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Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

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Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

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jasonwongoo |

Q&A: How can I deal with a fussy baby?

My baby is extra fussy...I have tried so many different options. What seemed to work the best was her Zipadee-Zip swaddle suit. I put him in it everywhere I go!

PrissyCMC |