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

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

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by Hetty van de Rijt Ph.D, Frans X. Plooij Ph.D, J. Jutte
     
 

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—The worldwide bestseller and multiple award winning—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 the incredible mental developmental changes (leaps) and regression periods that all babies go through. Understanding the real reason behind

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—The worldwide bestseller and multiple award winning—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 the incredible mental developmental changes (leaps) and regression periods that all babies go through. Understanding the real reason behind crying, eating and sleeping problems is the only real solution every parent needs. The Wonder Weeks reveals what’s going on inside baby’s mind.

The book includes:
·Week-by-week guide to baby's behavior
·When to expect the fussy behavior, what this implies (cranky, clingy, crying (the three C's) behavior) and how to deal with these regression periods (leaps)
·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 child

The book is based on the scientific- and parental-world-changing discovery of a phenomenon: all normal, healthy babies appear to be more fussy at very nearly the same ages, regression periods, and sleep less in these phases.

These age-related fluctuations in need for body contact and attention (regression periods) are related to major and quite dramatic changes in the brains of the children. These changes enable a baby to enter a whole new perceptual world and, as a consequence, 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 planet. He needs you to guide him and understand what he is going through! Get ready to rediscover the world all over again with your baby…

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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.

"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.

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789491882005
Publisher:
Kiddy World Publishing
Publication date:
10/07/2013
Series:
Wonder Weeks Series
Edition description:
Updated
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
34,080
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.01(d)

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Meet 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 Rijtstudied 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 bookThe Wonder Weeks, which has been published in twelve languages, from the USA to Japan.

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ellen173 More than 1 year ago
I got this as a gift and think that it should be given to every new parent as they leave the hospital with their little bundle of joy. The first few weeks will be bliss as you and your baby get to know each other, but just wait until they hit the first developmental leap at about 5 weeks. It explains why even the most happy baby is suddenly a screamer and then, again, as sweet as can be. Turns out that all babies are on very specific tracks when it comes to mental development, which is pretty cool if you think about it! The Wonder Weeks will help save your sanity and let you know that there is nothing wrong with you or your baby - what they are going through is not just "normal," but really pretty brilliant. According to the author's research, all babies make leaps in mental development at certain, predictable times during their first 20 months. With each leap, he sees the world with a new perception and this stirs up everything he thought he knew. Using the book as a guide, parents can be better prepared - often within a week or two - when to expect the fussy behavior that marks a new change in their baby's development. In fact, every new parent (or grandparent, or auntie) should read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the perfect book to follow along side baby while she's growing(:
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards! The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children.
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LucyBH More than 1 year ago
This is an incredibly insightful book on stages of child development! Reading it helped me figure out what really was going on in the brain of my little guy and how I could help him. It provides experiences of other parents and what symptoms and leaps their little persons were going thru and emotional effect on parents. It helps to know that you are not the only person who sometimes feel like our little guys are trying out our patience. It provides with helpful games to play and activities to do to facilitate and help our little people to learn their lessons. It was truly very helpful book to refer to when your guy is fussy and to also know WHEN to expect your fussy periods.
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This book has really helped me learn what is going on with my sons development. When he gets fussy this books answers why and helps me learn how to help. The suggestions they give to help him push through the next wave of brain development work so well. I highly recommend this book! It also works well as a diary!
SarahP36 More than 1 year ago
It describes my daughter TO THE LETTER! She's nearing her 19th week leap. I wish I had found this book prior to her earlier leaps--would have explained a lot!