From the time your little one was a few days old you knew there was something a bit different about him or her. High needs babies don’t seem to sleep for more than a few minutes at a time, they’re a lot more intense than other babies seem to be and they cry ALL THE TIME.
Oh and that advice about “putting baby down while they are drowsy but awake” makes you want to scream. Putting a baby down? What the hell is that?
Welcome to the world of the high needs baby – it’s not your fault and you’re not alone!
We’re a small group of parents who either have high needs babies or have survived a high needs baby.
A moment of silence for our friends who didn’t make it and were last seen face-down in a pile of dirty laundry smeared with Cheeto crumbs.
We get together sometimes, usually in our PJs. Not the pretty kind of PJs. The disgusting kind. We don’t spend money on pretty clothes any more. We spend money on stuff that might make our high needs babies stop crying. Just for a few minutes.
We try out stuff and talk about it. One of the dads in our group started writing down the things we said. He took out most of the curse words but there’s no point pretending we’re clean-mouthed clean-living folk. Our days of being dignified are long gone.
Maybe some of this will help you the way it helped us. Or maybe not. We really have no idea what we’re doing.