From Library Journal
New parents faced with an inconsolable baby are often desperate for advice and support. So, at first glance, this detailed look at the developmental causes of fussiness in babies by two Dutch child development experts holds great promise. The book is well organized according to each age's major developmental passage (e.g., "The World of Patterns" at eight weeks, "The World of Categories" at 37 weeks). The problem is that the work has the air of a parenting magazine feature article straining to be a book. While some of the observations and advice presented are original and helpful, they are also frequently repetitious and/or simply inane. Moreover, there is a noticeable absence of references to specific research studies to back up the claims presented. Also lacking is a bibliography. A better choice would be Craig T. and Sharon L. Ramey's Right from Birth. For larger infant development collections only.Kay Hogan Smith, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib., Lister Hill
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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