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The Wonder Weeks [Kindle Edition]

Hetty van de Rijt Ph.D , Frans Plooij Ph.D
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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This is a very practical and entertaining window into the baby's first year and a half. van de Rijt and Plooij have observed and found the vulnerable times in an infant's development that I independently came to in my book Touchpoints --(Perseus)

Anyone who deals with infants and young children will want to read 'The Wonder Weeks.' This book will open parents' eyes to aspects of their children's growth, development, changing behavior, and emotional responsiveness that they might otherwise not notice or find puzzling and distressing. --(Catherine Snow, Ph.D., Shattuck Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education).

Van de Rijt and Plooij's work on infant development has enormous value for clinical use and scientific application. Not only have they explained the periods of puzzling, difficult behavior in infancy which so worry parents, they have also shown how these behaviors mark developmental leaps and have described the stages in the infant's understanding. Together, this gives parents and professionals soundly based insight into babies' developing minds. What's more, van de Rijt and Plooij have described the play and communication that work best with babies at different ages and thus helped parents understand and connect sensitively with their babies. This parent-child connection is the major prerequisite for the development of secure, well-adjusted children. 'The Wonder Weeks' is essential reading for everyone who works with infants: pediatricians, social workers, psychologists, and, of course, parents. --(John Richer, Ph.D., Dip. Clin. Psychol., consultant clinical psychologist and Head of Pediatric Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England)

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"The Wonder Weeks. How to stimulate your baby's mental development and help him turn his 10 predictable, great, fussy phases into magical leaps forward" describes in easy-to-understand terms the incredible developmental changes and regression periods that all babies go through during the first 20 months of their lives.
The extended, white cover edition describes 2 more leaps in the mental development of your baby up to the end of the sensorimotor period.

The book offers guidance how to ...:

• Know when and why your baby is fussy

• Help him/her (and yourself!) get through / survive the fussy phases

• Get the most out of these developmental phases


The book is based on the scientific- and parental-world-changing discovery of a phenomenon: all normal, healthy babies appear to be more fussy at very nearly the same ages, regression periods, and sleep less in these phases.

A worldwide bestseller and sanity savior for parents around the globe.

These age-related fluctuations in need for body contact and attention (regression periods) are related to major and quite dramatic changes in the brains of the children. These changes enable a baby to enter a whole new perceptual world and, as a consequence, to learn many new skills. This should be a reason for celebration, but as far as the baby is concerned these changes are bewildering. He's taken aback -- everything has changed overnight. It is as if he has woken up on a strange planet.

The book includes:

• Week-by-week guide to baby's behavior

• When to expect the fussy behavior, what this implies (cranky, clingy, crying (the three C's) behavior) and how to deal with these regression periods (leaps)

• A description from your baby's perspective of the world around him and how you can understand the changes he's going through

• Fun games and gentle activities you can do with your child

Expert reviews:
---“This is a very practical and entertaining window into the baby’s first year and a half. van de Rijt and Plooij have observed and found the vulnerable times in an infant’s development that I independently came to in my book Touchpoints (Perseus). The authors’ observations and practical suggestions are wonderful.” (T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., professor emeritus, Harvard Medical School
).

---“Anyone who deals with infants and young children will want to read 'The Wonder Weeks.' This book will open parents’ eyes to aspects of their children’s growth, development, changing behavior, and emotional responsiveness that they might otherwise not notice or find puzzling and distressing.” (Catherine Snow, Ph.D., Shattuck Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education).
---“van de Rijt and Plooij’s work on infant development has enormous value for clinical use and scientific application. Not only have they explained the periods of puzzling, difficult behavior in infancy which so worry parents, they have also shown how these behaviors mark developmental leaps and have described the stages in the infant’s understanding. Together, this gives parents and professionals soundly based insight into babies’ developing minds. What’s more, van de Rijt and Plooij have described the play and communication that work best with babies at different ages and thus helped parents understand and connect sensitively with their babies. This parent-child connection is the major prerequisite for the development of secure, well-adjusted children. 'The Wonder Weeks' is essential reading for everyone who works with infants: pediatricians, social workers, psychologists, and, of course, parents.” (John Richer, Ph.D., Dip. Clin. Psychol., consultant clinical psychologist and Head of Pediatric Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England
).

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5009 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 9079208043
  • Publisher: Kiddy World Promotions B.V.; 1 edition (21 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007NNYGHU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Aurora
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This book has helped us to be a lot more sympathetic towards our little one when a "jump" is on the horizon. Instead of asking always "what is wrong?" … we are able to review where he is in his growth stage and actually realise that he is tackling some pretty serious development. Recommend!
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By Vikki
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Can really help put your mind at ease when your little one is screaming for no apparent reason. I also have the app which compliments the book and will easily track your baby's development. So far my little one has gone through all the phases at the weeks suggested. It's great being able to predict and prepare for his next grumpy period. Written in an easy to read format, broken down week by week, with quotes from real parents going through these tough developmental stages. It is backed up with years of study and when you begin to see these changes and notice them happening it can be quite enlightening, particularly as the book tells you what new things baby will be learning so you can keep an eye out for these changes. I've bought a few books about raising small babies, and about child psychology, but this was definitely the best. Highly recommended, particularly for anxious parents of little screamers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you need reassurance, but........ 8 Jun 2014
By Corinna
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This book helped me with Baby no 2. We had just got to one of those stages where she was crying all the time and I had no idea what to do about it! Believe me there are several in the 1st year.

After reading it I felt a lot better as it did reassure me that I wasnt the terrible Mother I thought I was, but when you read the whole book you will soon see what a cop out it is. Basically if your child is whingey, clingy, etc at any stage its because they are going through an important development stage. This book absolves you of all blame and tells you that you just need to keep your head down and carry on. Ummm!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Especially useful for our premature son 9 Sep 2014
By Mrsmodo
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I have no idea how parents parent without this book. It has helped us really understand our son's development and enabled us to be patient and understanding through the distressing brain development leaps. It has been especially useful as our son was born two months prematurely and the wonder weeks explains that a baby's leaps are based from their due date. Excellent and I recommend the book and app constantly to friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must read' 15 July 2014
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A book that can give you peace of mind during those difficult and challenging times; providing reassurance and getting you all excited about new developments to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have!!! 5 Jun 2014
By vicks
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Just can't believe how many things I read I found familiar with what's been happening with our baby... I could have ticked off all the things it commented on without me actually realising until reading it how relevant all those changes and signs were to us as well! It has really put my mind at rest knowing that all those seemingly unusual things are actually normal development changes... I have been recommending this book to all my mummy friends too...!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and very useful 24 May 2014
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Helps explain those sudden changes in little ones behaviour, which takes some of the anxiety out of parenthood! Definitely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight into baby development 15 May 2014
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This book has really helped me understand what my baby is going through and why he's so moody and not sleeping well. I don't know how I'd have coped without this understanding!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful read, helped expain baby's development during the big growth weeks. Highly recommend this book.
Published 53 minutes ago by David G. Cacchioni
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for anyone with kids
Fantastic book for anyone with kids, especially babies. It explains in detail the reason for what you might think is random fussyness! Great
Published 20 hours ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So accurate
Published 5 days ago by Avneet Sahota
5.0 out of 5 stars Baby is normal
So helpful to know what's happening and your child doing what others are at the right time
Published 6 days ago by Susan Grobbelaar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting book and glad I purchased it
Published 11 days ago by Charlie worswick
5.0 out of 5 stars It gave me such a better insight into what was going on and helped me...
This kept me sane when.things got tough!! It gave me such a better insight into what was going on and helped me be better prepared for tougher times. The app was brilliant too!
Published 13 days ago by Miss Kelly Corcoran
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderful book. So far the leaps have been spot ...
This is a wonderful book. So far the leaps have been spot on with my daughter and have helped me understand what she's going through.
Published 16 days ago by Mrs O Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the app
Excellent - gives you a heads up on why your little one is being fussy or what not. Much better than the app which is just snippets of this book
Published 21 days ago by Catherine
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very useful book, product as described and delivered on time.
Published 23 days ago by cjaxon
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Great book, easy to follow as a guide to parenting.
Published 24 days ago by Miss Elisa
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