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The Wonder Weeks. How to stimulate your baby's mental development and help him turn his 8 predictable, great, fussy phases into magical leaps forward Paperback – 29 Mar 2010

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kiddy World Promotions B.V. (29 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9079208019
  • ISBN-13: 978-9079208012
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.9 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,727 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. Vanderijt 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Research background: The authors studied chimpanzees in Africa with Jane Goodall and found evidence for distinct ¿regression periods¿ where infant behavior changes dramatically. This confirmed research that others had found previously in 12 more primate species. They returned to Europe to see if these regression periods could be established in human infants. There, they started to interview and observe mothers and their newborn babies in their homes weekly during the first 20 months of life. They found and reported on 10 regression periods. The first study was based on 15 families. Later these findings were confirmed in 32 more families in the Netherlands, 20 families in Spain, 17 families in Sweden and 30 families in England. The findings were reported in scientific journals and presented in this general book for parents. Reviews: "This is a very practical and entertaining window into the baby's first year and a half. Vanderijt 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. ¿Vanderijt 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, Vanderijt 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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Shaaban on 5 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a God-send for any (especially first time) parent. I bought the book when my daughter was 12 weeks old and -according to the book- was undergoing "leap no. 4". I could not believe how accurate the authors described what was going on in my babies life - it was like reading a diary about her. Suddenly all the changes in her behaviour and all the apparently needless crying were explained.
Every chaper takes you through one phase step-by-step. From how you can tell the approaching leap to what your child is learning and how to help its development. The book has a clear structure and nothing is explained too scientificly.
Most importantly it helps to understand the needs of your baby and allows mother and child to go through life with less stress and frustration.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jan. 2004
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This book is great on two levels. First of all it explains what is going on when your placid baby suddenly goes fussy (it also gives you tell-tale signs to watch for), and what you can do to comfort your child in each phase. Incidentally, this tends to make parents' lives easier, too. On another level it gives you an understanding of where your baby is in his or her development, and what is going on inside them.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Jarvis on 1 May 2006
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buy this one. Every parent should have one - I have recommended/sent it to every person I know with a baby and everyone raves about it. At five weeks old my baby seemed to completely change overnight. Luckily my baby massage teacher lent me this book and it is genuinely the only book I have referred to throughout her (10) months to date. Every time she 'flips out' you consult the 'oracle' and sure enough, its a standard fussy phase and her behaviour can be explained as down to new 'connections' being made, new experiences learned.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Speedscot on 26 July 2007
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It might seem incredible to some that a book which has fallen out of print is changing hands on the second hand market for up to £200 a copy! But this book really is a Godsend to the inexperienced parent and still an essential tool once subsequent babies come along too.

I have recommended this book to absolutely everyone who has trouble understanding their baby's changeable ways and my own copy is so well thumbed it would be a cheek to expect anyone to buy it. But with all honesty I would not part with it for £200 or more - it is so good I plan to keep it for my own girls if and when they one day have babies of their own to fathom out.

Please, publishers, consider a reprint of the English version of this excellent book which has been of so much help to me and so many others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookowl on 23 April 2010
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This book was recommended by a friend, and I have since bought it and recommended it to countless other new mums. It is really helping me to get through some difficult times with my perfect, but sometimes demanding little one. It's written in an accessible style, I found the play suggestions helpful, and the sections on how you might feel as the mum really sanity saving...inexplicable crying explained. I also enjoyed the fact that this was a baby book which doesn't tell you how to do it...just explains some of the key stages of development, how you can help your little one through it, and why you, as a parent, might be feeling frustrated at various key times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Win Stanley on 29 July 2009
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I bought this book on a recommendation from others and it has honestly been the best book I have bought during pregnancy/baby days.
My little girl (now just over 6 months) is strong willed to say the least! During developmental changes she becomes increasingly hard work and I often wondered to myself what i was doing wrong. This book reassures me that I am doing NOTHING wrong, but my baby is simply developing and getting to grips with the world.
I would recommend this book to any new mum who wants to understand their baby's perception.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Small on 22 Mar. 2010
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Really liked this book but it did repeat itself a lot, helps you understand the crying but not any techniques to help crying apart from cuddle and reassure. Gives you confidence that you are not doing anything wrong just that the baby is going through a change - best not to get too hung up on the milestones especially if you have a tendancy to become a competitive mum!
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