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The Wonder Weeks: How to Turn Your Baby's Eight Great Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward Paperback – 18 Sep 2003

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Product details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Press (18 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579546455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579546458
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.3 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 294,496 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""

About the Author

Hetty Vanderijt, Ph.D., and Frans Plooij, Ph.D., a husband and wife team, have researched parent-baby interaction for 25 years. Their child-development books have sold more than 450,000 copies throughout the world.


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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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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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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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Having read some other passionate reviews of this book, I thought I'd have a look to see if it could help my wife and I figure out the occasional meltdown our 4 month old boy was having. The concept of regressive behaviours is sound, and the discussions about mental development milestones were interesting but the book is filled with unhelpful 'advice' on what a parent should do to assist their little ones mental growth. Sure, there's plenty of common sense in suggesting that you cuddle and comfort your baby as they go through an antsy few days, but do you really need to wade through yet another book of 'common sense' ideas about baby rearing? Here's a thought - why not go with your gut when thinking about what your baby needs - and most of the time you'll be spot on.
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Some interesting research presented in this book and the funny phases did seem to be aligned with when my son went a bit strange, i.e. waking at night to 'have a chat' and struggling to get back to sleep, being too distracted to feed, etc. This really helped me to realise that the odd period would soon be over.

However, the suggested activities they might start doing at each stage are a bit ambitious, for instance, at between 23 and 35 weeks old is talks about babies crawling and maybe trying to walk. Now, things may have changed due to the 'back to sleep' campaign but I do not know any babies who are crawling at this age. My baby was a very early sitter (4 half months), yet this book suggested that he might be able to actually pull himself into sitting position at around this age....far too advanced and unrealistic. Not sure who the mums were they interviewed, but they managed to find all child geniuses!!

Overall, if you don't get vexed by the suggested activity milestones and just use it as a book which can indicate when your baby might go a bit loopy, it is great and offers something different to all other books out there.
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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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I was completely disappointed by this book. Its rubbish. As a health professional with children I was excited by the reviews for this book but when it came it was a complete let down. It repeated itself - ie at each stage the signs the child were going through it were always the same - fussy eater, poor sleeper etc. Hardly inspiring. And each developmental phase has such a wide start time i.e. the 37 week phase can start anywhere from 32-39 weeks and last 4-6 weeks which means that they all just overlap. If you have the slightest inclination about children and what they do, how to interact with them and how to play with them don't bother with this book - waste of money.
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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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