High Need Babies

High Need BabyThere is nothing more frustrating than talking to other mommy friends and realizing that your baby is the only one not sleeping through the night, nursing frequently, wanting to be held all the time, and crying for long periods of time with no explanation after you’ve tried everything your doctor suggested and everything you’ve read in books, baby websites and blogs. You can’t help but think, what is wrong with my baby? Or, what am I doing wrong? Your answer may be a very simple one: this is your baby’s personality. Your baby is probably a high need baby.

High need babies start showing their personalities in the womb; they are the “full-time kickers.” As soon as they are born, they start expressing themselves in their own way based on their own high needs, making it difficult for any parent (particularly first-time parents) to understand their behavior.

William Sears, MD and his wife Martha Sears, RN, authors of the book “The Fussy Baby Book, Parenting the Fussy Baby and The High-Need Child,” describe twelve features common in high need babies based on their experiences as parents and pediatricians.

  1. INTENSE
  2. HYPERACTIVE
  3. DRAINING
  4. FEEDS FREQUENTLY
  5. DEMANDING
  6. AWAKES FREQUENTLY
  7. UNSATISFIED
  8. UNPREDICTABLE
  9. SUPER-SENSITIVE
  10. CAN’T PUT BABY DOWN
  11. NOT A SELF-SOOTHER
  12. SEPARATION ANXIETY

Parents of high need babies face a lot of challenges. If you are a parent of a high need infant, it is important to identify and understand these unique traits and channel them for your child’s advantage. This will help your child become a confident, expressive, responsible and successful teen and adult.

If you are wondering if your fussy baby will turn into a difficult child, make sure to read “Will My High Need Baby Become a Difficult Child?”.

To learn more about the 12 features of a high need baby, visit Dr. Sear’s website: http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/fussy-baby/high-need-baby/12-features-high-need-baby

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