This topical guide on calming a fussy baby will introduce you to important books, videos, and information resources available from the EI Clearinghouse.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these books or contact us to request them.
- Calming Your Fussy Baby: The Brazelton Way
T. Berry Brazelton & Joshua Sparrow
WS 113 .B827c 2003 50782929
In this book, Dr. Brazelton describes the ways that babies communicate through crying and discusses effective ways that parents can respond to different cries.
- How to Say No to Your Toddler
HQ 774.5.W687 2003 51898786
Broadway Books, 2003
This book focuses on how to convey “No” to a toddler in a way that will help to prevent temper tantrums, as well as other aspects of toddler development that trigger tantrums.
- I Brake for Meltdowns: How to Handle the Most Exasperating Behavior of Your 2- to 5-Year-Old
Michelle Nicholasen and Barbara O’Neal
HQ 774.5 N596 2008 193906072
Da Capo Press, 2008
This book includes real-life stories about temper tantrums and other challenging behaviors and how to manage them successfully.
- The Happiest Toddler on the Block
HQ 774.5 K18h 2008 221664776
Bantam Books, 2008
This book explains how tantrums in toddlers are normal but avoidable, what leads to temper tantrums, how to communicate effectively with toddlers, and how to reduce tantrums.
- Toddlers’ Tantrums and Other Bad Behavior
HQ 774.5.M159t 2004 53962402
Carroll & Brown, 2004
This book includes information about temper tantrums, including steps for parents to prevent them from happening.
You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these videos or contact us to request them.
- Toddlers: Social and Emotional Development
WS 105.S678 Vol.2 311565119
Learning Seed, 2009
This closed-caption DVD includes information on how toddlers come to understand how their actions, including tantrums, can affect others.
132 minutes; DVD
WS 105 .T722d 2006 75553551
By watching a dozen families in unique situations, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton shows how and why children develop the way they do. Touchpoints are defined as periods of time that precede rapid growth in learning for parent and child. This DVD provides comprehensive information on development of infants and toddlers, including how to manage temper tantrums and excessive crying appropriately.
- Fussy Baby Network
If you’re struggling to care for a baby who is fussy, crying excessively, or has difficulties with sleeping or feeding, contact us.
Call our warmline at 1.888.431.BABY (2229) for telephone support nationwide. Services available in Spanish and English.
The journal titles linked below will take you to the publisher's homepage. You can ask your local public librarian how to obtain these articles or contact us
for more information.
- Early Childhood Today, 21(4),27–28
Understanding Children’s Anger: Recognizing and Working with Young Children’s Anger and Frustration
Alice Sterling Honig. (2007)
This article explains why infants and toddlers often become frustrated and provides caregivers with tips on how to respond appropriately.
The web resources listed below provide quick and easy access to evidence-based online information.
- Family Life: Temper Tantrums
This website from the American Academy of Pediatrics provides tips on how caregivers can handle temper tantrums. Also in Spanish.
- Fuss Management: Comforting the Irritable Child
You’re out in public with your toddler or preschooler when the whining starts. Don’t panic! When you take a calm, problem-solving approach, you help your child learn to calm himself when he is irritable. Also in Spanish and Polish
- Fuss Management: Planning Ahead to Prevent Tantrums
There's no sure cure for young children's public temper tantrums. But some simple steps can reduce the chances that your toddler or preschooler will "pitch a fit" when you run errands together. Also available in Spanish and Polish.
- Fussy Baby Network
Services available from the network include parent groups, a “warmline,” and an infant specialist who will work with parents to find effective ways to care for their baby. All services are available in English and Spanish.
- Temper Tantrums (KidsHealth)
This website from the Nemours Foundation explains why children have temper tantrums and how to avoid them. Also in Spanish.
- Temper Tantrums (Medline Plus)
This website from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health provides information to understand temper tantrums and what parents can do when children exhibit this behavior.
- Temper Tantrums: Guidelines for Parents
This website from the National Association of School Psychologists provides information for parents and teachers on how to manage temper tantrums, prevent them from happening, and what to do after they occur.
- Temper Tantrums: How to Keep the Peace
This website from the Mayo Clinic provides information about why temper tantrums occur and how parents should react to them.
- Understanding Children: Temper Tantrums
This pamphlet from Iowa State University provides information about temper tantrums and questions for caregivers to create a “plan of action” for the child.
- What Is the Best Way to Calm a Fussy or Colicky Baby?
This resource includes ways to comfort a crying baby. It encourages parents to find out what works for their baby. Also in Spanish.
- What to Do for a Fussy Baby: A Problem-solving Approach
This article discusses Pikler’s theory that freedom of movement is important for an infant’s development. Pikler advocated an approach that leads to a child feeling respected and secure. The author suggests alternatives to the usual ways that adults try to soothe a fussy baby.