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The Wonder Weeks: A Stress-Free Guide to Your Baby's Behavior Paperback – Illustrated, September 10, 2019
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Everything a new parent needs to know about their baby’s 10 magical “leaps”―and when to expect them―in a new, modern sixth edition of The Wonder WeeksThe Wonder Weeks answers the question, “Why is my baby cranky, clingy, and crying?” with helpful guidance. Maybe they’re experiencing a leap in brain development, after which new skills are mastered, discoveries are made, and perceptions evolve. Fussy behavior might signal that great progress is underway!
Better yet, these phases occur on similar schedules for most babies―as explained and mapped out in this book―so parents can anticipate the “stormy weeks” that precede the “sunny weeks.” Based on decades of research, this fully revised sixth edition covers the first 20 months of a baby’s life and includes:
- The top 10 things to know and remember about a leap
- Fun games to support brain development
- Fill-in-the-blank checklists to help better understand personality and behavior traits
- Science-based explanations about sleep
- Fresh insight and recent commentary from new parents who’ve used The Wonder Weeks
- Anchor moments to keep new parents sane, especially when they are exhausted and discouraged
With 2 million+ books sold, and 4 million+ downloads of the corresponding app, The Wonder Weeks has struck a chord. Join the phenomenon that has been embraced by celebrities, social media influencers, and parents worldwide.Black & white illustrations throughout
― Catherine Snow, PhD, Shattuck Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
"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, MD, professor emeritus, Harvard Medical School
"The Wonder Weeks is the newly-updated go-to guide for understanding your child’s mental developmental milestones (referred to as “leaps”)….Understanding the real reason behind crying and eating and sleeping problems is the only real solution parents need, and take it from us―you’ll be glad to be in the know."
― Pregnancy & Newborn
"One of our personal favorites…[a] comprehensive guide to baby’s development during the first 20 months…"
― The Bump
"Reading The Wonder Weeks saved my sanity more than once during the times my baby got inexplicably fussy or refused to sleep. It's a must read for any new mom."
"Armed with the insight of [The Wonder Weeks] I would have been more confident as a new parent... rather than anxious, about how my baby was experiencing the world"
― Rookie Moms
"Fantastic tips on how to help baby reach his potential during and after [the wonder weeks]."
― The Cradle Coach
"Once I realized there was a reason―and a positive reason, at that―that my kid had suddenly turned terrible, it eased the pain of parenting through these times."
"The book outlines when and why each “wonder week” happens; it also offers parents insights into how to help their babies navigate each wonder week, and turn it into a leap forward for baby."
― The Baby Sleep Site
About the Author
Frans X. Plooij, PhD, has been conducting research in the field of psychology for close to 50 years. Highlights include working alongside his wife, Dr. van de Rijt, with Dr. Jane Goodall on infant development in free-living chimpanzees in the Gombe National Park; leading the department of Research and Development at the institute for Child Studies of the City of Amsterdam; and currently presiding over the International Research Institute on Infant Studies (IRIS) at Arnhem, the Netherlands. He is a full member of several international scientific societies in the domains of child development and behavioral biology and of the New York Academy of Sciences.
The late Hetty van de Rijt received her PhD at Cambridge University as a physical anthropologist. With her husband, Dr. Plooij, she studied infant development in free-living chimpanzees with Dr. Jane Goodall in the Gombe National Park. As a researcher at the University of Amsterdam, she studied the development of human babies in their home environment through direct observations, filming, and in-depth interviews with their parents.
- Publisher : Countryman Press; 6th edition (September 10, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 168268427X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1682684276
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on July 16, 2022
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From the more negative reviews I have seen, people haven't understood how this book works.
For example - you have a stormy phase of a leap after which your child will have the brain functionality to add new skills.
Bear in mind - leaps are not software updates. They don't go through a leap and then gain a whole set of skills overnight. So many of these reviews are saying that it caused worry about hitting milestones and then they complain that it doesn't happen all at once. This isn't a checklist of milestones, rather it is a checklist of skills. New skills are developed over time.
I personally use the book in conjunction with the app, I use the app to keep track of the actual dates for my child and use the book for further information. Once my baby has gone through a leap, I have a look at what new skills are due to present themselves. Some show up sooner than others. Some take a couple more leaps before they arrive. And it helps me be more patient with my child when they are upset because their brain could just need a break.
Yes there is a lot of repetition in the book
... If that is going to irk you, then you are better off with just the app. But again, the book isn't designed to be read cover to cover in one go - it is a reference book which you are more likely to pick up every couple of weeks... And then it ends up being a good reminder to check in on your kid and yourself and remind you that if you are stressed to take a min and show you that you aren't the only one out there who is going through this.
I hope this helps some people understand the purpose of the book and how it can help them in the way it is designed to.
Useful in the first 0-10 weeks to understand why they might be making such a fuss about nothing. By the time they get to seven months, you could interpret literally anything your baby does as a 'leap'.
Feeds into mother's worries and the modern need to pathologise and categorise everything. Not necessary or helpful