Is Your Baby High Needs, Fussy or Spirited?
Search the internet for “signs” of a high needs/fussy baby you’ll discover a list of descriptors like, difficult, shrieks, hyperactive, demanding, exhausting, unsatisfied, not a self-soother, and awakens frequently. While there may be an element of truth in these terms, rather than helpful, they can leave you feeling more alone and discouraged than ever.
That’s why I coined the term spirited baby and developed the Spirited Baby Method described in my book Raising Your Spirited Baby. Fifteen years in development the Spirited Baby Method pulls our focus to the strengths of these alert, perceptive infants and addresses their inborn temperament and highly sensitive arousal system. Research documents that given the care they need these babies not only develop normally and happily but often excel.
Click the image above to review the table of contents for Raising Your Spirited Baby.
To give you an introduction into Raising Your Spirited Baby, we've included Chapter 1.
Take a look at the positive comments we've received from pediatricians and other authors.
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Every week we post parenting tips on either our Facebook page or our blog. Check out the latest tips on children's sleep, tantrums, power struggles, discipline, child development, temperament, spirited children and keeping your cool when your child is losing theirs. We're always open for more suggestions, so feel free to send them our way using our Contact page.
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In addition, Facebook has a group page started by and for the parents of "Spirited Children". The group is a closed group (but still accepting new members) where parents look for advice and support from other parents. Feel free to check it out using the link below.
Dr. Mary has helped hundreds of families just like yours. She provides private consultations on both infant and child behavior and sleep issues. A one-hour personal session, via phone or Zoom, gives your family an opportunity to discuss the specific issues you are facing. You will work directly with Dr. Mary to develop a targeted plan that works for your family. Within 24 hours you will receive a written summary of your discussion and your plan. If you have ever been told or considered your baby to be "fussy" or "high need", Dr. Mary can help you.
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