We can help

Call us at 1.888.431.BABY (2229) if you:

  • Are concerned about your baby’s crying, sleeping, or feeding
  • Think your baby has colic
  • Have questions about your infant’s development
  • Are exhausted or overwhelmed and would like to talk with someone

Our infant-parent specialists are familiar with all the latest research on infant crying, sleeping, and feeding issues and are available for private, in-home consultations, or to talk with you on the phone. When you contact us, an infant-parent specialist will listen to your concerns, provide support, and work with you to find effective ways to care for your baby. All services are available in English and Spanish.

Watch a video about the Fussy Baby approach

The Fussy Baby Network is an initiative of Erikson Institute, the nation’s premier graduate school in child development.

Services offered

Fussy Baby Network warmline

Sometimes parents want someone to listen and find support and resources without the red tape. A simple call to our warmline connects you with an infant-parent specialist who will be there with support and information to help you care for your baby. We answer your calls Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time. On evenings and weekends, please leave a voice message or email us, and we will respond as soon as possible.

There is no charge for this service. Call 888-431-BABY (2229) or email us at [email protected].

Home visiting program

In the first months of a baby’s life, it’s challenging for parents to meet baby’s round-the-clock needs as well as their own. Getting out of the house can feel very daunting; therefore, Fussy Baby Network’s infant-parent specialists come to you. When we meet with you in your home, we will listen to your concerns and offer support and information. We will talk together about your baby’s day, think about strategies to soothe and calm your baby, and explore ways that you can enjoy your baby more. The visits are $40 and offered on a sliding scale — no family will be turned away for financial reasons. To request a Chicago-area home visit, call 888-431-BABY (2229) or email us at [email protected]. You can also contact our national partner organizations for local support.

Consultation with development behavioral pediatricians through Fussy Baby Network

“Is my baby really okay?” parents of fussy babies may worry. We provide an opportunity for parents to share their concerns about their baby’s health and physical development with a specially trained behavioral and developmental pediatrician. When you are receiving Fussy Baby Network services, our consulting pediatrician can examine your baby and discuss your baby’s health, development, temperament, and unique patterns of behavior. The consultation is at the University of Chicago; insurance is accepted.

Fussy Baby Blues, a web-based support group

A collaboration with Beyond the Baby Blues, Fussy Baby Blues is for mothers who have a fussy baby and who may be experiencing post-partum depression. As the group is web-based, this is an opportunity for moms to receive support without having to leave the house. Groups are six weeks. The next group begins in November 2015. For information on the next group meeting, contact Nancy Mork at (312) 893-7195.