The Fussy Baby: How to Bring out the Best in Your High-Need Child

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Parents of fussy babies hear these kinds of remarks all the time. Faced with a baby who demands to be held, nursed, and comforted much of the time, new mothers may begin to doubt their own intuition, even as they long for a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. The first edition of The Fussy Baby, published in 1985, helped parents think about their demanding babies in a new light. These are children with high needs, children who are smart enough to ask for the high-quality caregiving that will help them develop their...
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Overview

Parents of fussy babies hear these kinds of remarks all the time. Faced with a baby who demands to be held, nursed, and comforted much of the time, new mothers may begin to doubt their own intuition, even as they long for a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. The first edition of The Fussy Baby, published in 1985, helped parents think about their demanding babies in a new light. These are children with high needs, children who are smart enough to ask for the high-quality caregiving that will help them develop their full potential. In this revised edition, attachment parenting experts William and Martha Sears bring new insight to the tried-and-true advice that has worked for so many families over the last two decades. Look for new information on colic (the "hurting baby"), gastroesophageal reflux, and the challenges of breastfeeding a fussy baby, along with updated references, reorganized chapters, and lots and lots of mothering tips. The Fussy Baby has carried many a family through trying times with a high-need infant. This new edition brings that tradition of sensitive, intuitive parenting to a new generation of caring mothers and fathers.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780912500881
  • Publisher: La Leche League International
  • Publication date: 6/15/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Chapter 1 Profile of a Fussy Baby 1
Characteristics of High Need Babies
The Outcome
What's in It for You?
Chapter 2 Why Babies Fuss 7
How a Baby's Temperament Is Formed
Importance of a Responsive Caregiver
How the Temperament of the Infant Interacts with the Temperament of the Parent
Bringing Out the Best in Your Baby
Chapter 3 Right from the Start: Improving Your Baby's Temperament 29
The Importance of a Peaceful Womb Environment
Attachment Parenting: What's in It for You?
What's in It for Your Child?
Chapter 4 Crying Guide for New Mothers 45
Why Babies Cry
A Crying Glossary
Survival Tips When Crying Becomes Hard to Handle
What's Wrong With "Crying It Out"?
Chapter 5 Parenting the Colicky Baby 75
Profile of a Colicky Baby
What Colic Is Not
What Is Causing the Pain?
Colic Communication Tips
Some Other Explanations for Colic
When Will It Stop?
Calming the Colicky Baby
Chapter 6 Soothing the Fussy Baby 101
Moving in Harmony with Your Baby
Physical Contact: Getting in Touch with Your Baby
Sounds that Soothe
Chapter 7 Feeding the Fussy Baby 115
Breast or Bottle: Does It Make a Difference?
Substances in Mother's Milk That May Cause Fussiness
Breastfeeding Difficulties
Feeding and Burping Positions
When the Fussy Baby Is Formula-Fed
Overeating
Starting Solids
Weaning
Chapter 8 Fathering the Fussy Baby 135
Father Feelings
What Dads Can Do
The Care and Feeding of New Mothers
Gentling Tips for Fathers
What's in It for You?
Chapter 9 Nighttime Parenting of the High-Need Child 147
Why High-Need Babies Sleep Differently
Sleep Survival Tips
The Advantages of Sharing Sleep
Coping with the All-Night Nurser
Benefits of Bedtime Rituals
Chapter 10 How to Avoid Burnout 157
Causes of Burnout
Recognizing the Early Warning Signs
Survival Tips That Will Lower Your Risk
How Fathers Can Help Mothers Avoid Burnout
Define Your Priorities
Nighttime Parenting and Family Burnout
Chapter 11 Disciplining the High Need Child 171
Why High-Need Children Are More Difficult to Discipline
An Approach to Disciplining the High-Need Child
Chapter 12 The Pay-Off 181
The Outcome
The Shutdown Syndrome
Chapter 13 Jonathan: a Case History 195
Index 207
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