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The Fussy Baby Book: Parenting Your High-Need Child From Birth to Age Five Paperback – September 1, 1996
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Thank goodness I found this book! I can still remember the first time I read it - the sigh of relief that I wasn't alone and the wonder at all the great ideas and suggestions in the book. We put these suggestions to work in our parenting and followed Dr. Sears' advice to the letter. Now we have an angelic two year old - she's a joy to be around. She is now the easiest kid in the world to parent - the most easy going, friendly, and sweet kid you could imagine. Now my friends all say how lucky I am to have such an easy toddler! I think it is due in great part to Dr. William and Martha Sears and their wonderful insight and advice - their suggestions certainly worked for us!
Nothing worked, the binkies, the sleep training, the 5 S's, the white noise, the lovies, the music, the routines, going to sleep earlier, going to sleep later, different foods, nothing.
All he wanted was for us to hold him * all * the * time *. And if we did that, he was perfect.
The only problem was, we were exhausted. He never slept. He nursed for 1-2 hours at a time, around 12 times a day (yes, do the math there ...). He woke up at least 5 times a night until he was 3 years old. If we let him cry, his cries just got worse and worse and worse, but he never calmed down. He wouldn't fall asleep from exhaustion. He would stop crying when we finally gave in and just held and nursed him. It wasn't that ignorable sort of whiny whimper either - it was all out the world is ending holy s*** I think I'm dying kind of crying.
So all those books, all that advice (from people who had never had a baby like this and had no idea) just made me feel like a failure.
Then I found this book.
This book didn't make me change anything, really. It just made me ok with what I was doing for survival already: taking my cues from the baby, holding the baby if he needed to be held, sleeping with the baby, nursing on demand. It made me feel like I wasn't a failure and it felt so good to read some of these stories from parents going through what we were going through.
And, eventually that time passed, and he is now a very sweet, kind boy.
We had another child, and she is nothing like our first child. She is a pretty typical baby and responds well to all the other sort of techniques parents use. She doesn't especially like to nurse or be held all the time. She's pretty independent. She was just born that way. It just drove home for me that every person - including babies - is unique.
We went to the doctor but there was nothing physically wrong with him. I felt like it was our fault,that we were doing something wrong. Until I found this book and bought it out of sheer frustration.
Thank goodness for this book and for the Sears! Finally, someone who understood what we were going through. Finally, someone who gave solid advice and ideas for how to deal with the situation. Not to break the baby of his behaviors, but how to deal with them, diffuse them, roll with them and help him grow. I was able to get past the feelings of guilt and failure and be a better parent to the baby we had.
As time went by, he slowly grew out of the high needs behavior and now he's a happy, spirited six year old who brings us joy every day. Fortunately, our second wasn't high needs and slept through right away but he's now a very spirited toddler, so I have used this book again, as a reference.
For people who expect every word in this book to apply to them evenly, I think you'll be disappointed, that isn't what a reference book is or does. This book will help you in many ways but not everything will be applicable to every single thing, nor is it supposed to make you feel bad if you don't do every single thing they suggest.
It's a great reference for those parents who are at their wits' end in dealing with a high needs baby and I am so very glad I found it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you think your baby needs you more than a "typical baby", then you need this book! Don't hesitate, just buy it! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica
It is an interesting read and some good information. However, if you have twins, it isn't very helpful. We have one very mellow baby and one high-need baby. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JeanB
A fair amount of this is available on his website, but not all.
It won't change your child, but it will give you hope for the future and comfort to know you aren't... Read more
I wasn't incredibly thrilled with this book, but it does have some useful tools. And I am keeping it around for reference if I need it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tiffany Topping
Very helpful to know that there are others like our baby, we're not the only ones!Published 6 months ago by Akemi Flores
Not quite what I expected but that is not the fault of the book. I read over it and some info was helpful to me but not all of it.Published 6 months ago by Sarah O.
All of Dr. and Mrs. Sears advice is solid, whether on your first child or your last one. They are all different.Published 11 months ago by Prissy