High Need Babies

Created by Robert F.

This group will be a forum for parent's of High-Need babies. Please share your experiences, your heart-break and your accomplishments.

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  • President, Pregnancy and Pediatrics

    Baby Signing: a way to reduce frustration

    I’m no baby signing expert, but one of the most helpful things we did was teach our daughter baby sign language. We only taught her 5 or 6 signs, but they really reduced her frustration level (which reduced ours). We started around 6 months and it took a few weeks for her to pick it up, but when she did it really helped. Her fussiness was replaced by demanding what she wanted by signing, which made it easier for us to understand her needs and desires. Bundoo Speech Therapist Cara Barthelette has a video that exhibits basic signs to start with:

    Posted August 26, 2014 at 11:09 am
    Although it’s a common misconception, research regarding the effects of using baby sign on sp…
  • High-Need babies

    My wife and I have a 4 1/2 month old boy. In the early weeks, he was fussy, gassy, and irritable a lot. But, he didn’t exhibit the common signs of being “colicky.” In our pursuit to help him, we discovered that he had a few development issues with his cranium and neck. These have been treated, but, he still can shatter the window’s with his screams. My mother turned me on to a phrase “High-need” baby. It is a phrase coined by a couple that specialize in pediatrics, William and Martha Sears. If you Google the term, you will find many blogs and articles about it, but, when we talk to other parents, they give you that “look.” (That “You are being manipulated by your child” look). Our son fit’s most of the characteristics of the High-Need baby, and this requires my wife and I to be super-attentive to his needs and behaviors. I would like to chat with other parent’s that are living with a High-Needs baby or even caregivers (medical, day care, etc.) that understand the demands of a High-Needs baby.

    Posted August 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm
    Kristie, Thanks for your testimony. Our boys have a lot in common and I hope my boy will grow into…

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