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Your Fussy Baby Paperback – July 29, 2003
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Renowned pediatrician Dr. Marc Weissbluth knows firsthand how stressful life can be for a sensitive, fussy newborn--not to mention the child's frantic, exhausted parents. His own firstborn, like more than a fifth of all babies, was a colicky child, causing him and his wife to suffer many sleepless nights. Your Fussy Baby is Dr. Weissbluth's gift to other sorely tired mothers and fathers, written to help them comfort their newborns without disrupting their own lives. Even extreme fussiness, he says, is not dangerous and usually stops when the child is about four months old. In the meanwhile, however, life can be tough for the whole family. But whether your baby cries for as long as eight hours a day, suffers from gas, refuses to sleep, or all of the above, Your Fussy Baby will gently guide your little one--and you--through this mysterious phase of infant growth. Inside you will discover
- Why your baby cries so much: The most up-to-date research, including some fascinating possibilities that researchers are just beginning to explore.
- Dangerous myths about fussiness: Facts and fiction about diet, mothering, proper medications, and much more that even your pediatrician may not know.
- The emotional effects: Avoiding the guilt, anxiety, and frustration that having a fussy baby so often stirs up.
- What to do when your baby fusses: Specific recommendations for what parents can do to minimize the distress that prolonged crying causes the whole family.
- Expert, step-by-step advice on establishing healthy sleep habits for your baby.
With this reassuring, down-to-earth guidance, you can help your fretful, fussy newborn to become the sweet, happy baby he or she was meant to be.
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This book perfectly addresses everything we were going through. If I had had this book, I would have been less worried that things were going to go on this way forever. I also would have had a very clear plan of action for sleeping ("Healthy" does go over these things, but for me it was not clear and simple enough for my sleep-deprived, colic-crazed brain). At the time I had Sears's "Fussy Baby Book" and basically it said, "this is the way your child is, you need to learn to deal with it." Not very comforting, and also not very accurate. Once my child was older, and I understood Weissbluth's sleep concepts better and my kid wasn't chronically overtired (from months of colic) he was no longer a "high-needs child."
Some people blast Weissbluth as that cruel "cry it out guy" but please read this book before you jump to that conclusion. He encourages you to respond to your baby, not leave them to scream from day one. He is a huge fan of breastfeeding. His approach is humane and child centered, but unlike Sears, it is also practical and does take into account what a parent needs in order to be an effective parent.
Weissbluth denies that there is any correlation between fussiness and the breastfeeding mothers diet as well as denying gastrointestinal problems. I strongly disagree and prefer Dr. Sears fussy baby books because he differentiates between the fussy baby and the hurting baby.
My baby was clearly hurting and her cries told me so. Experimentation has led me to conclude that both my diet (which now excludes dairy) as well as acid reflux were overlapping issues causing her pain. By trying a new diet, we saw improvement with gas problems first and then later solved the acid problems with reflux medication. My pediatrician supported my instincts and now we have a much happier baby. She still fusses a little but no longer cries from pain.
Some babies are just fussy and some are trying to tell you something. I'm glad I listened. The Dr. Sears book supported my feelings and filled in some of the gaps on things I needed to know.
Weissbluth presents the latest research on the problem, including theories on hormonal imbalance and disordered sleep, both of which may be related to "exterogestation," the idea that all human babies continue to develop after birth in a sort of fourth trimester. After dispelling most of the popular myths about the causes of and cures for colic, he concludes that the only thing we know for sure is that most babies outgrow it by 3-4 months. Because simply waiting is not an option for most parents, and because, Weissbluth acknowledges, these babies are hurting and distressed, he also provides a list of methods that might work to soothe your child, including swaddling, rocking, music, encouragement of sucking and massage.
This book was written with care and first-hand understanding in order to help worried parents understand and cope with their children's symptoms until they outgrow them, as well as to anticipate and prevent sleeping problems after the fussy months are over. Weissbluth had a colicky baby himself, and it is clear that he respects the toll that it takes on frustrated and sleep-deprived families.
Weissbluth does NOT advocate letting babies "cry it out." On the contrary, he urges parents to promptly respond to crying in young infants (as Sears does, Weissbluth acknowledges that you cannot "spoil" a newborn by holding, carrying, or rocking).Read more ›
I would not say that my baby is "colicky", but she can be very fussy when she is over tired and that can be very trying on a new parent. She is a much happier baby and we're enjoying the heck out of her now thanks to Dr. Weissbluth. I can't wait to read his other books.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recommend this book to every new parents ,it's the best nook in the marketPublished 21 months ago by tf8088
If you've already had your baby - don't waste your money. The majority of this book is information you already know and it will have you jump forward to the last 3 chapters of the... Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by J. Russell
I LOVE this book. After weeks and weeks of faulty advice that I've been trying hard to follow only to see little to no improvement with my very fussy newborn, I am finally able to... Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by H Speed
I adore Weissbluth's first book 'Healthy Sleep, Happy Child' and I bought this one hoping for additional insight since our second child had health issues and fussiness. Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by Stephanie
This book is so reassuring and helpful for parents that have fussy or colic newborns. It is very informative and gives helpful tips. Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by Mtooms
Since I already bought Dr. Weissbluth's other book "Healthy Sleep Habits", I didn't actually need to buy this book too. Read morePublished on June 21, 2010 by Target Shopaholic
I bought this book after reading Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Baby. It's kind of an extension of that one, but I've actually enjoyed this one more. Read morePublished on January 7, 2009 by TAD
This book was good in combination with some other books I was reading - Happiest Baby on the Block and The Baby Sleep Solution by Lisa Abidin, Suzy Giordano. Read morePublished on September 3, 2008 by Nicole Mcginnis