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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Kiddy World Publishing; Updated edition (14 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9491882007
  • ISBN-13: 978-9491882005
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.7 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (249 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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)

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)

About the Author

Hetty van de Rijt studied Educational Psychology at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands and obtained her Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, England. At the University of Amsterdam, Dr. van de Rijt studied the development of human babies in their home environment. As lead author with her husband as co-author, she wrote the best-selling parenting book The Wonder Weeks, which has been published in twelve languages, from the USA to Japan. Frans X. Plooij studied behavioral biology in the Netherlands in Amsterdam, Nijmegen, and Groningen, where he received his Ph.D. in 1980. He is a full member of several international, scientific societies including the New York Academy of Sciences. Together they studied infant development in free-living chimpanzees with Dr. Jane Goodall in the Gombe National Park, Tanzania, East Africa. Dr. Plooij is director of the International Research-institute on Infant Studies (IRIS) at Arnhem, and president of Kiddy World Promotions B.V.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lyndsay McLean on 20 April 2015
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Having downloaded the app I was expecting much more detail in the book. Although, It is '.padded out' with additional information I did not feel it was worth the money. Also, the research sample is pretty small and all opinions so not sure how reflective a sample it is. What it dues do is gives reassurance to explain why your baby may be having a dhfficult time, which as a ftm is helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KJF on 1 Sept. 2014
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I was disappointed to find this book was mostly made of quotes from people's experiences, rather than a scientific explanation! Bit hard to follow and jump in and out of.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By SXW2010 on 3 Dec. 2010
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This book gives an amazing insight into the development of babies and toddlers and has helped me to become a more understanding and as a result happier mum! I recommend it to all new parents!
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I got this book as I had heard all sorts of wonderful things about what to expect from your baby at various stages and was a little sceptical at first, but when I finally got to read it, it seems to make a lot of sense. Babies are unpredictable at the best of times (especially for first time parents) and this is a book, primarily about how babies develop, not only physically, but intellectually and why they are sometimes pretty cranky.

The book is divided up into developmental stages, which are based on gestational age (not birth age), so basically if your child was born a week late, he/she will be a week ahead of his age. If your child was born a couple of weeks early, their developmental milestones will be expected to be a couple of weeks later than his age, which makes sense. Of course there are some tolerances to these dates, which the author gives, but generally, babies will have similar developmental stages that are classified. At the onset of each developmental milestone will be periods of crankiness (which again, can range from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the type of milestone and the personality of your child).

The book is very perceptive in explaining why a child might suddenly appear to have a bit of a personality switch. Your lovely happy go lucky three month old might suddenly go all moody and refuse feeds or refuses to sleep This is all explained by the types of brain/physical developments that are taking place The world is a very new, exciting and sometimes very scary place and a baby has a lot of learning to do, and sometimes, these cognitive developments might overwhelm a child, and it takes patience and understanding to steer the child through a phase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cprice on 29 Dec. 2014
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A fantastic insight to your newborn. Gives you reassurance that it's not you but just your any changing & helps you to know how best to stimulate baby. Happy baby = happy mummy!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Sarah J Russo on 8 April 2015
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Even if you don't believe in being able to understand week-to-week of your baby's progress, reading a chapter of this book once a month to coincide with your child's age is enough to make anyone feel calmer, reassured and even more loving and nurturing towards their baby. I struggled with breastfeeding at around 6 months and this book helped me to continue, and any times my daughter has been particularly unsettled or behaving unusually, I can usually refer to this book and find solace. It may at times feel like reading a horoscope (that it can relate to any child of any age and isn't quite specific enough), but I have always found it helped me to focus on what my daughter might be trying to learn, and be able to encourage her to do so.

At times, it just stopped me pulling my hair out when she was screaming at 4am, because it had at least more of an explanation for it than I did! I'd say this book has allowed me to understand my daughter better than I could have done had I not read it, as it brings a whole new perspective on what is going on in her world.
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I don't often have time to write reviews but I've decided to make time for this one as this is such a brilliant book...
My baby girl is nearly 8 weeks and I've already identified with everything in the book so far. It's a great insight into babies' mental development and portrays a new and different, as far as I'm aware, way of understanding your baby.
This is my second baby so I feel I've learned a lot since my first one and am much more relaxed now but this wonderful book has helped me be even more relaxed, empathising and patient with my baby even when she's really upset during her "leaps".
I thoroughly recommend The Wonder Weeks to all mums/dads/carers!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne-marie Heap on 10 Jan. 2015
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Really loving this book. Great advice from years of research and every baby I've tested it against seems to prove the developmental leaps come at the times they say they will in the book.

The book helps parents understand what developmental stages their children are going through and what signs there are for these, plus how to help your child make the transition as easily as possible.
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