The Wonder Weeks. How to stimulate your baby's mental development and help him turn his 8 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 60 weeks of their lives.
The book is based on the discovery of a little known phenomenon: all normal, healthy babies appear to be more tearful, troublesome, demanding and clingy at very nearly the same ages.
These age-related fluctuations in need for body contact and attention 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.
The book includes:
• Week-by-week guide to baby's behavior
• An explanation 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 child
The book offers parents:
• Support in times of trouble
• Help in understanding their baby
• Hints on how to help their baby play and learn
• A unique account of their baby's development
For more detailed information about contents and the research behind the book, please visit www.thewonderweeks.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think this book had some merits, but mostly it came up short of my expectations. It goes through some assumed 'wonder weeks' in a baby's first year of life. These weeks are supposed to be crucial for development & they're described in detail (with lots of interesting material, I might add). So- and this is where the book disappointed me- in every single one of these 'wonder weeks' the baby is expected to be 'more cranky, more difficult, to sleep less etc'. I think though that in a way this book is trying to give explanations for crankiness & sleeplessness that in some cases may have nothing to do with the 'wonder weeks' and all to do with overtiredness or lack of a good routine. As I said, the book had some good points- eg games suggested to play at each phase of a young baby's life- but it comes very much from an attachment parenting perspective, and seems to have a very particular framework in mind to expect almost everything.
Excellent book! I learned a lot about life from the perspective of an infant, and I was much more patient and open to my own infant son after reading it (and referencing it time and again). It was right on the mark every single stage, and was a wonderful, calming tool in during the sometimes mystifying, fascinating, first year as a mom.