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. Including a bonus chapter with everything about the relationship between sleep and leaps, as well as unique insight into your baby's sleeping behavior. 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• Unique insight into your baby's sleeping behaviour 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 abackeverything 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… Bonus: Sleep, and the lack of sleep... that's something we all have to deal with when we have a baby. The bonus chapter includes everything about the relationship between sleep and leaps, as well as unique insight into your baby's sleeping behavior. Hint: did you know your baby learns (and there's a lot of brain activity) during those little, 'light' sleeps?
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!
Table of Contents
About this Book ix
Leap Alarm 8
Growing Up How Your Baby Does It 9
Newborn Welcome to the World 19
Leap 1 Wonder Week 5 The World of Changing Sensations 37
Leap 2 Wonder Week 8 The World of Patterns 55
Leap 3 Wonder Week 12 The World of Smooth Transitions 83
Leap 4 Wonder Week 19 The World of Events 109
Leap 5 Wonder Week 26 The World of Relationships 147
Leap 6 Wonder Week 37 The World of Categories 197
Leap 7 Wonder Week 46 The World of Sequences 231
Leap 8 Wonder Week 55 The World of Programs 269
Leap 9 Wonder Week 64 The World of Principles 305
Leap 10 Wonder Week 75 The World of Systems 371
Sleep and Leaps 443
Countless Wonders 473
Further Reading 475