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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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was expecting better. I've dipped in and out but haven't got much from it to be honest.Published 7 months ago by Ray
I bought this book few years back, when my baby was 12 weeks old, and without a doubt it saved me a bit of sanity. Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2012 by A Anderson
Found this book extremely insightful - it explained so many fussy behaviourisms with my baby girl - and got so many of them spot on.
A must for a first time mom.
if you have no idea why some things are happening in the first year of your child's life - that's the book you should be referring to. simple and useful advice on every page.Published on 19 May 2010 by daniel
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. Read morePublished on 22 Mar. 2010 by A. Small
I bought this book on a recommendation from others and it has honestly been the best book I have bought during pregnancy/baby days. Read morePublished on 29 July 2009 by Win Stanley