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 Paperback – 5 Sept. 2017
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"A must for every parent." Washington Times --.
"Finally figured out one phase of the baby's developments to be blind-sided by an entirely new one? This book will get you through those transition times" Examiner.com --.
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On the downside this book is hugely repetitive. Each leap includes a section on how to deal with fussy phases, but this is almost the exact same information in each chapter. It could easily have been put into its own section rather than being stated over and over.
The book also has this weird obsession with putting in lots of parent testimonials, which I'm done cases, are highly disturbing. There are at least a few parents here that should be reported to social services and it can be very uncomfortable to read.
Come for the psychology of child development, skip the sections on fussy phases after you've read the first one, and avoid the testimonials life the plague.
I totally recommend this book, it has been & will continue to be a tremendous help to me!
I would give it 5 stars but there is an issue... The book could be probably 5 times shorter if they would not repeat every sentence a million times using slightly different words. Both me and wife found this so annoying while reading it. We were joking saying this book is a baby book but also a thesaurus...
It also helps to understand why baby may be crying more and be a bit more unsettled so that you aren’t getting frustrated by the crying and thinking it’s because you’re doing something wrong but instead knowing this is all part of his development. Love the book, highly recommend it to all mums and dads!
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Brief summary: a team of scientists realised that all babies develop in a pattern. These developments happen approximately 6 weeks apart (some are closer together), and are huge changes in the babies' brains. Basically, they suddenly grow brain cells or make connections in their brain that gives them new skills. It's almost like they grow a new computer program or access a new level in their abilities. We as parents then help them explore that level and develop the new skills. While their world changes, they are fussier, crankier, clingier and generally super upset.
It's amazing and the insights and information helped me immensely. Looking back, it now makes WAY more sense why my LO would suddenly refuse to sleep without a huge amount of effort, kick and fuss etc. It was NOT always gas or teeth!!!!! Reading this book gave me peace of mind because, well, sometimes the baby would just cry even when I had done the diaper/temperature/tylenol/hot or cold/gas/burp/sleep sack routine.
Each chapter contains little, honest stories from parents whose kids went through the same stuff. It validates our abilities as parents--makes us feel good and competent--but it also tells us that we might feel exhausted and tired and need a break. It then gives us ideas for games and other things to do to make the new skills less frightening and strange for the baby. We are not helpless.
Anyway, it is hard to summarize it, but I highly highly recommend the book. You and your kid will feel better about yourselves!
The cloud calendar changed my husband's perspective and accepts her moods as they just happen, not anyone's fault.
Right now my parenting life is reading wonder weeks aloud while in the bathroom to my daughter who is chilling fully dressed in her dry tub; Must be near the mama to be happy.
Violets mom, 11 weeks
It really helps to have something to navigate being a new parent and knowing why baby is so fussy during major developmental milestones / leaps.
I also love that it tells a parent/guardian things to look out for and the ways a baby is developing and what type of development is happening...
The expected difficult days when the leaps are happening don't really match in my case.
What difficulties (like sleeping issues, crying, clinging to mum) might come during the period and ideas how to deal with that (hold, rock the baby etc.) are generic like horoscope: can fit to any baby any time.
Every baby goes through "developmental leaps" - when their brain develops, and they learn new skills, and start seeing the world in a new light. Usually just before and during one of these leaps, your baby is a lot fussier than normal, because their whole world is shifting beneath their feet, and it scares them!! What we as adults and parents might just see is a particularly clingy and whiny baby is actually a baby going through one of these phases! Knowing this makes these tough days and weeks SO much more manageable - you know that it has a purpose, and will end! And the best part of all is when you see your baby practice the new skills that they've just developed :)
Would definitely recommend this book for all new parents - has information on the leaps and phases by week, a description of what your baby's going through, how they're developing, and what signs to look out for. Also has great games that you can play with baby to help develop their new skills!
1. After a couple chapters you’ll start noticing large sections of repetition.
2. They will tell you things like at this stage you will notice the child causing mischief for attention. What they don’t do is actually provide you any real insight on how to manage it.
While you may understand the why more from this book, you definitely will find yourself missing information.
If you are looking for the typical midwife opinions and tipps, this is not your book
Gestaltung und besserer Aufbau als die deutsche Version. Aber auch hier: viele Wiederholungen v. a. zu Beginn der Kapitel.
Insgesamt hilft es einem die Stimmungslagen seines Babys besser zu verstehen.