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Some of the information is right on and makes a lot of sense, but the older my baby gets the more off the weeks become. Every child's developmental milestones can be very unique and not on schedule. However, this book gives you a basic understanding of what to expect and when. The negative review is not of the info, but of the way the book is written. If you go to the site you can get all the information you need for free on the weeks and milestones. What this book adds is completely unnecessary and trivial mothers' quotes about their kids and what they went through. It's not educational at all, it's just anecdotal. The book will talk about babies learning that you and they are separate entities, for instance, and then it will start quoting random mothers who went through the separation issues with their babies. And they're not telling you solutions, they're just saying things like: One night Matthew starting screaming every couple hours. I realized that he just missed me and was scared that I wasn't with him. He did that for a couple weeks until he learned that I'm still somewhere near by. - Matthew's mother. This kind of stuff fills 75% of the book and to me is a complete waste of time to read. I'm a new mom, I need clean cut info, I don't have time for empty pages of random mothers' ramblings. I can go to a mommy group for that.
This has been super helpful in us understanding our little girl and each development phase she has occurred. It's also been exciting to be able to see the new awareness/abilities she gains as she's grown. We would not have noticed them as quickly had it not been for this book.
My son experienced Wonder Weeks almost exactly as predicted by this book. Keep up with the reading and it will prepare you for what lies ahead. I particularly enjoyed the examples and testimonials from other parents. Helpful for a first time Mom.
Suddenly your infant won't sleep or is really cranky - what gives? It's probably a leap week. I first heard about the book two years ago when my first daughter was quite young. Many moms in my mom group were talking about how it was a wonder week for their baby. I checked the book out of the library and it was a great resource. When I got pregnant with my second I decided I should just get a Kindle version of the book since I read it so often in the first few months.
New parents: Do yourself a favor and get the app as well!!! It's incredible how SPOT ON everything is and a HUGE relief to have a little insight into what my daughter is going through! I heard of this at what turned out to be the middle of her first leap. She had been pretty easy going up til then, so I was panicking - convinced that she was sick or I was doing something terribly wrong. This not only gives me some peace of mind, but suggestions for developmentally appropriate activities at precisely the right times as well.
This book is amazing! Honestly if I had known of this from the very start, I think I would of had a less stressful first three months. Each leap is right on point, telling you what to look for and explains what your baby is going through at certain times.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this text as a first time mom. I have found that almost all of the predictions and timelines of the Wonders our little ones go through to be almost exactly as described and its comforting to know that when they seem inconsolable that its just a natural growth process. Babies don't come with instruction manuals and after having what some others have described as a "difficult" baby, I now can empathize with him and can comfort him more easily now that I understand what's going on in that precious little mind. I highly recommend for all new moms!