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(5th Edition) Paperback – September 5, 2017
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The Wonder Weeks: A Smart Start for a Happy Beginning
Everyone's perception is more beautiful if they know they're understood. This also applies, perhaps even more so, to babies, but understanding a baby is not that easy because their perception is so different from ours. With our knowledge, we hope to show you the perception of your baby so that you know what is going on inside their little head and that they feel understood and appreciated. It provides your baby with the opportunity to develop in their own special way and to reach their true potential. It's the foundation of a smart start for a happy beginning.
The Wonder Weeks: A Parent Traveler’s Guide
Before your baby is 20 months old, they make ten leaps in their mental development – ten crucial key periods called ‘Wonder Weeks.’ With each of these ten Wonder Weeks, a baby gets a totally new perception of the world. They are suddenly able to perceive things they couldn’t before. Suddenly, everything ‘changes.’ It’s as if they just woke up on a new planet where everything they knew had suddenly changed. So just imagine if this happened to you. You’d go to bed, and when you woke up, everything was different. What would you do? You would probably Cling to the only one you knew, Cry, and probably be a little Cranky too. Well, so is your baby. The Wonder Weeks is like a parent traveler’s guide, explaining every new world your baby will enter, when they will enter them, what they can do in this new world (their new abilities), and how you can help them discover this new world.
In the new chapter about sleep, we take you on a journey into the world of sleep. Sleep is essential for the development of your little child, and you need your sleep too. However, there are vast differences between your sleep and your baby’s sleep. Your baby sleeps for shorter periods of time than you do, spends much more time in the active sleep phase (REM sleep) and does not have a day and night routine (as yet) - and that's good! Yes, you read that correctly: Luckily your baby does not sleep through the night. The Wonder Weeks explains the most important ins and outs of your baby's sleep; not with an easy-fix sleep training program, but with love, dedication, understanding and time.
The Wonder Weeks: Ingredients
This book grows with your baby. You can compare your experiences with those of other parents during all stages of your baby’s development.
Each leap is discussed in a separate chapter and consists of four sections:
This Week’s Fussy Signs.
This first section describes the clues that your baby is about to make a developmental leap. Even though your baby can’t form the words to tell you what is going on, they are able to communicate quite a bit. Watch for these sometimes-subtle, sometimes-not-so-subtle clues that your baby is changing and about to leap into the next new world.
As the major changes in your baby affects them, they’re bound to have an effect on you as well. This books also describes the emotions you may feel as a parent or caregiver.
The Magical Leap Forward.
This second section in the book discusses the new abilities your baby will acquire during the current leap. In each case, it’s like a new world is opening up that’s full of observations they can make and skills they can acquire. If you watch your baby closely, you will be able to determine where their interests lie. As you mark off the things that they are showing you that they can do in this world, be aware of the uniqueness of your child.
What You Can Do to Help.
The section, ‘What You Can Do to Help,’ gives you suggestions for games, activities, and toys that are appropriate for each stage of development, which will increase your baby’s awareness and satisfaction—and enhance your playtime together.
The more your baby plays or experiments with a new skill, the more adept they will become. Practice makes perfect as far as babies are concerned, too. Your baby may want to try out a new skill over and over again. Although they will play and practice on their own, your participation and encouragement are vital.
After the Leap.
This section lets you know when you can expect your baby to become more independent and cheerful again. This is likely to be a delightful time for parents and babies when both can appreciate the newly acquired skills that equip the baby to learn about and enjoy their world.
However, this book is not just for reading…
You can keep a personal record of your baby’s interests and progress in the ‘My Diary’ sections provided throughout this book. They offer space for you to record your thoughts and comments on your child’s growth and budding personality so that you can easily turn this book into a diary of the development of your baby.
The Wonder Weeks: Awards
Over the years, The Wonder Weeks has been recommended by both professionals and doctors. But the best reward we get, almost daily, is from parents all over the world who write to us, telling us that they love The Wonder Weeks and how it helps them and their babies.
"This is a very practical and entertaining window into the baby's first year and a half. van de Rijt 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.
“The Wonder Weeks: One of our own personal favorites!” The Bump editors
Featured in AWHONN magazine Healthy Mom & Baby:“Breakthrough science reveals the true reasons of fussiness and weeks of wonders”
“I had no clue about The Wonder Weeks with my first daughter. Having this knowledge now has saved my sanity! Mental leaps aren't always the easiest for both baby and parent, but I'm armed with the tools to help my daughter through these changes, and it helps to quell my mind as to what could be causing her so much fuss. It's normal. “Babyzone, courtesy of Disney
“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
About the Author
Frans X. Plooij studied behavioral biology in the Netherlands in Amsterdam, Nijmegen, and Groningen, where he received his Ph.D. in 1980. He is a full member of several international, scientific societies including the New York Academy of Sciences. Together they studied infant development in free-living chimpanzees with Dr. Jane Goodall in the Gombe National Park, Tanzania, East Africa. Dr. Plooij is director of the International Research-institute on Infant Studies (IRIS) at Arnhem, and president of Kiddy World Promotions B.V.
Hetty van de Rijt studied Educational Psychology at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands and obtained her Ph.D. in Physical Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, England. At the University of Amsterdam, Dr. van de Rijt studied the development of human babies in their home environment. As lead author with her husband as co-author, she wrote the best-selling parenting book The Wonder Weeks, which has been published in twelve languages, from the USA to Japan.Xaviera Plas is CEO of The Wonder Weeks, daughter of Frans and Hetty and a mother of three. After her studies she decided her mission was to help parents by spreading the knowledge of The Wonder Weeks. We want everybody to be able to give their baby... a smart start for a happy beginning!
- Item Weight : 1.85 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 9491882163
- ISBN-13 : 978-9491882166
- Paperback : 510 pages
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Kiddy World Publishing; 5th Edition (September 5, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #51,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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