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The Wonder Weeks How to Stimulate Your Babys Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable Great Fussy Phases Into Magical Leaps Forward

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 describes in easy to understand terms the incredible developmental changes that all babies go through during the first 20 months of their lives This is the extended fat edition with 2 chapters covering 2 leaps in the mental development of your baby up to the end of the sensorimotor periodThe book is based on the discovery of a little known phenomenon all normal healthy babies appear to be tearful troublesome demanding There are so many Baby Books out there about parenting styles baby s sleep what So and So thinks about your baby that in the end it s tempting to avoid baby books altogether What s refreshing different about The Wonder Weeks is that it doesn t tell you HOW to raise your baby It simply provides a little guide as to why your baby is changing and gently reminds you that It s all going to be okay I loved reading about the developmental changings and it was such a rewarding experience to see those changes coming to life in my little boy The speed at which babies grow and develop is astounding and it still boogles my mind how much they have to learn in their first yearIt was good to know approximately when the fussy periods for my son might arrive and to give myself permission to take it easy during those weeks In the book there are lovely excerpts from other Mums experiences and I really enjoyed reading these maternal snippets The suggested games to help your little one through developmental leaps also reminded me to be creative and have fun with my little oneI would wholeheartedly recommend this to any first time Mum especially if she doesn t have a huge support network and just needs some tools to keep her sane

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Of the markers for cranky clingy crying the three C's behavior and how to deal with them A description from your baby's perspective of the world around him and how you can understand the changes he's going through Fun games and gentle activities you can do with your childThe book offers parents Support in times of trouble Self confidence Help in understanding their baby Hints on how to help their baby play and learn A uniue account of their baby's developmentFor detailed information about contents and the research behind the book please visit wwwthewonderweekscom I was expecting to enjoy this book thoroughly When my child was 5 weeks old and constantly crying and wanting to nurse I frantically Dr Googled what the heck was different about that day from all the days before I found the Wonder Weeks site and lo and behold discovered that my kid was preparing for a mental leap Sure enough a few days later he was back to his normal self and in addition he was doing some new things that he hadn t done beforeWhen the book was ordered for the library I decided to check it out since I m still not sure what I m doing and this is my one shot at parenting so I better get it rightI like the introduction to each section and new things that parents should be looking for with each leap It s amazing how much happens in the first year and the book outlines this nicelyI admittedly skipped to the section that pertains to my child s current age and he s kind of or should be in between mental leaps at the moment Plus he s been sick for two weeks straight so is he getting up at night because he s getting ready for a mental leap or is he just recovering from a stomach bug I feel like this is something the reader needs to commit to from the beginning in order for the philosophy to make any sense Also there are a lot of complaints about how the book is stuffed with real life parent uotes I found a problem with this too but not for the reasons that many other reviewers note I started freaking out when a number of the parents with kids younger than mine talked about their child crawling and doing things that my kid hasn t mastered yet While I know he is on his own timeline and is developing normally I couldn t help but compare and worry and it just brought up a lot of insecurities as if anything that I am doing with him could possibly make my seven month old magically start crawling I don t know There is so much variation in what is considered normal for stuff like this but it still brings out a lot of insecuritiesSo other than the basic information on the leaps themselves I didn t find this book super helpful Again if I had followed this from the beginning it might work for me but I m just having trouble placing where my child fits

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And clingy at very nearly the same agesThese age related fluctuations in need for body contact and attention are related to major and uite dramatic changes in the brains of the children These changes enable a baby to enter a whole new perceptual world and as a conseuence to learn many new skills This should be a reason for celebration but as far as the baby is concerned these changes are bewildering He's taken aback everything has changed overnight It is as if he has woken up on a strange planetThe book includes Week by week guide to baby's behavior An explanation Ugh I m about halfway through the book and it s clear that I m not going to be able to finish this one It does have some useful information on babies development And some ideas of age appropriate activities though most will be pretty familiar to anyone who has been around babies But these predictable phases seem over exaggerated My first child was the fussy one and she never seemed to have the highs and lows that I would have predicted from this book My second is laid back and he doesn t seem to have these obvious rocky periods either Or maybe these phases are common to babies of parents who don t practice attachment parenting Which brings me to my next beefThe book seems to be about half uotes from parents The best of which fail to be particularly illuminating And the worst of whichwell read this book if you want to hear a mom yes moms this book is very gender biased griping about being irritated by her son s slow coordination because he doesn t crawl or pull up ahead of schedule being irritated by her daughter standing in her crib crying putting her 26 year old baby in bed whenever she gets fed up with her wanting to be picked up getting angry about her 25 week old s tantrums shaking her baby complaining that her baby doesn t lay peacefully in his criband on and on And most of these comments just stand there without any comment on their appropriateness or how the baby and the mama s needs might be better met At least the authors mentioned that babies shouldn t be shaken after uoting a mom who shook her baby And the authors have commented a number of times that it is unacceptable to hit a babyAnd I guess that s my problem right there I am not the target audience for this book It is directed toward people who need to be told that it s not okay to slap a baby Parenting can be hard work I get that If some moms need to feel not so alone in their negative and often developmentally inappropriate feelings towards their babies than this book might make them feel better But I have no desire to muck about in this negativity


10 thoughts on “The Wonder Weeks How to Stimulate Your Babys Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable Great Fussy Phases Into Magical Leaps Forward

  1. says:

    Highly recommendedThe bad Overuse of uotes that provide no real substance or purpose Super repetitive the book could have just said and now your baby will be fussy instead of going on for page after page about how the baby is overw

  2. says:

    There are so many Baby Books out there about parenting styles baby's sleep what So and So thinks about your baby that in the end it's tempting to avoid baby books altogether What's refreshing different about The Wonder Weeks is that it doesn

  3. says:

    Keeps us sane when the baby is not

  4. says:

    This book missed a week the one where it was supposed to go through an editor Good Lord This was redundant excessive contradictory you name it As a sleep deprived parent this was the last thing my brain needed

  5. says:

    Ugh I'm about halfway through the book and it's clear that I'm not going to be able to finish this one It does have some useful information on babies' development And some ideas of age appropriate activities though most will be pretty familiar to anyone who has been around babies But these predictable phases seem over exaggerated My first child was the fussy one and she never seemed to have the highs and lows that I would have

  6. says:

    I liked this book for two reasons1 It helped me to see the difficult times as positive moments of growth 2 I liked the list of possible skills for each age and the short lists of games or toys This book is not e

  7. says:

    The information provided here is useful however the whole book is kind of a waste of time and money unless you are reading it ahead of time d

  8. says:

    I was expecting to enjoy this book thoroughly When my child was 5 weeks old and constantly crying and wanting to nurse I frantically Dr Googled what the heck was different about that day from all the days before I found the Wonder Weeks site and lo and behold discovered that my kid was preparing for a mental leap Sure enough a few days later he was back to his normal self and in addition he was doing some new things that he hadn

  9. says:

    Unlike many of my friends I don't find the Wonder Weeks particularly helpful I have the app and I thought maybe I'd be a convert if I read the book Spoiler alert the book is all filler I think most of the text is culled from a Wonder Weeks message board or something I wish there was info about cognitive development and less enumer

  10. says:

    I'm grateful for this book if nothing else it assured me that those random flows of fussiness aren't because I'm a bad parent or because my baby is actually the mayor of Crazytown She is being fussy because she's actually doing something amazing She learns in a day than I do in a year I swear Must be exhausting 3 stars because it is very repetitive and could use some solid editing

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