- Paperback: 510 pages
- Publisher: Kiddy World; 5 ed edition (14 September 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9491882163
- ISBN-13: 978-9491882166
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 839 g
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"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.
"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
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!
From the Publisher
The Wonder Weeks: A Smart Start for a Happy Beginning
Everyone's perception is more beautiful if they know they're understood. This also applies, perhaps even more so, to babies, but understanding a baby is not that easy because their perception is so different from ours. With our knowledge, we hope to show you the perception of your baby so that you know what is going on inside their little head and that they feel understood and appreciated. It provides your baby with the opportunity to develop in their own special way and to reach their true potential. It's the foundation of a smart start for a happy beginning.
The Wonder Weeks: A Parent Traveler’s Guide
Before your baby is 20 months old, they make ten leaps in their mental development – ten crucial key periods called ‘Wonder Weeks.’ With each of these ten Wonder Weeks, a baby gets a totally new perception of the world. They are suddenly able to perceive things they couldn’t before. Suddenly, everything ‘changes.’ It’s as if they just woke up on a new planet where everything they knew had suddenly changed. So just imagine if this happened to you. You’d go to bed, and when you woke up, everything was different. What would you do? You would probably Cling to the only one you knew, Cry, and probably be a little Cranky too. Well, so is your baby. The Wonder Weeks is like a parent traveler’s guide, explaining every new world your baby will enter, when they will enter them, what they can do in this new world (their new abilities), and how you can help them discover this new world.
In the new chapter about sleep, we take you on a journey into the world of sleep. Sleep is essential for the development of your little child, and you need your sleep too. However, there are vast differences between your sleep and your baby’s sleep. Your baby sleeps for shorter periods of time than you do, spends much more time in the active sleep phase (REM sleep) and does not have a day and night routine (as yet) - and that's good! Yes, you read that correctly: Luckily your baby does not sleep through the night. The Wonder Weeks explains the most important ins and outs of your baby's sleep; not with an easy-fix sleep training program, but with love, dedication, understanding and time.
The Wonder Weeks: Ingredients
This book grows with your baby. You can compare your experiences with those of other parents during all stages of your baby’s development.
Each leap is discussed in a separate chapter and consists of four sections:
This Week’s Fussy Signs.
This first section describes the clues that your baby is about to make a developmental leap. Even though your baby can’t form the words to tell you what is going on, they are able to communicate quite a bit. Watch for these sometimes-subtle, sometimes-not-so-subtle clues that your baby is changing and about to leap into the next new world.
As the major changes in your baby affects them, they’re bound to have an effect on you as well. This books also describes the emotions you may feel as a parent or caregiver.
The Magical Leap Forward.
This second section in the book discusses the new abilities your baby will acquire during the current leap. In each case, it’s like a new world is opening up that’s full of observations they can make and skills they can acquire. If you watch your baby closely, you will be able to determine where their interests lie. As you mark off the things that they are showing you that they can do in this world, be aware of the uniqueness of your child.
What You Can Do to Help.
The section, ‘What You Can Do to Help,’ gives you suggestions for games, activities, and toys that are appropriate for each stage of development, which will increase your baby’s awareness and satisfaction—and enhance your playtime together.
The more your baby plays or experiments with a new skill, the more adept they will become. Practice makes perfect as far as babies are concerned, too. Your baby may want to try out a new skill over and over again. Although they will play and practice on their own, your participation and encouragement are vital.
After the Leap.
This section lets you know when you can expect your baby to become more independent and cheerful again. This is likely to be a delightful time for parents and babies when both can appreciate the newly acquired skills that equip the baby to learn about and enjoy their world.
However, this book is not just for reading…
You can keep a personal record of your baby’s interests and progress in the ‘My Diary’ sections provided throughout this book. They offer space for you to record your thoughts and comments on your child’s growth and budding personality so that you can easily turn this book into a diary of the development of your baby.
The Wonder Weeks: Awards
Over the years, The Wonder Weeks has been recommended by both professionals and doctors. But the best reward we get, almost daily, is from parents all over the world who write to us, telling us that they love The Wonder Weeks and how it helps them and their babies.
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1. My Diary section has a SUPER detailed checklist of some of the skills that help define your baby's interests and personality during each specific wonder week and how they express their new cognitive development.
For example, i bought the book when my son was approaching the 37th week. At this point he didn't clap his hands or mimic people at all! I got concerned when I went through the checklist and realized it was very polar. Anything physical or involving movement he was way advanced, but this meant he didn't have time to develop other skills. I naturally pushed for more things involving movement and he was a happier baby. Now and again I go back to the skills I didn't check off and eventually a couple months later, they're all checked off.
i.e. : Not checked "Switching Roles"- Asks you to build blocks by handing you his blocks, Asks mother to sing a song , then claps his hands
Checked "Switching Roles" - Feeds crackers/bottle to mother, Can initiate a game by himself
2. Top Games for specific wonder week has very relevant games that I normally wouldn't have thought of to play. For example, for the babies going through separation anxiety, they said to play hide and seek. I am astounded at how long my baby can be by himself calmly trying to look for me and going through every room until he finds me! Now he ventures out further by himself instead of clinging onto my leg in the living room. Honestly, I wouldn't not think to play hide and seek with a 8.5/9month old...but I guess they respond well to it! He even tries to slide closets doors since we've up-ed the bar and now I hide in closets and bathrooms where he has to open a door to get to me. As a new mom my zombie brain was running out of ideas to entertain him, but this section was a great source for new fun ways to stimulate his growing brain.
3. Detailed description of the "magical leap forward." They describe it more in depth with examples. This was the first book that mentioned your baby will have a correlating fear of "being strapped in" during the week of Categories. My baby hated being strapped in his stroller, car seat etc.... This was the first book that warned me about it and made me more empathetic when it happened. My son cried so hard in the car seat he "exorcist-style" threw up everywhere in the backseat from getting worked up. After the stormy period he still protests but he now lasts longer in the seat.
4. What you can do to help section. This section goes in depth of what you can do to help stimulate your child during each week.
For example, they said to give an active baby room to investigate and explore, especially if the baby is already physically active and advanced. As the book suggested, I made obstacle courses for my baby and he loves it! He goes under and over couch sectionals/parts and crude forts. I introduced him to a gymboree room with a 5 foot high plastic indoor slide. Without any help or provoking on my end, he shocked me and everyone in the room when he climbed up the slide, turned around, and slid down superman style...and did it again 5x. He was 9.5 months at the time.
Overall, if you really don't want to pay the money, then you can spend hours trying to look for the info elsewhere. But it's all in one convenient book and organized well and easy to navigate. Someone mentioned that there were fillers in the book such as quotes from other parents, but I liked how I can relate to other moms and dads who have the exact problem. The book also deals with how a "high-need" baby would act during the wonder weeks. Even though they don't blatantly use that term or attachment parenting, they do mention how a "very difficult" baby would act, which also helped me cope with my high-need baby.
All in all, I would recommend this book because the few specific things that I have learned from it were invaluable and there is no price to making the life of 1st -time parents easier, especially when trying to understand their "fussy" and "very difficult" baby.
There's also some bizarrely snarky undertones, assuming some really not great things about the readers parenting instincts/emotions toward baby and the "motivations" of infants. All of which are not in my opinion conducive to happy baby parent relations. I haven't found the book I'm looking for but I'll update with a recommendation when I do.
I otherwise found the information in this book somewhat interesting but mostly very intuitive. All of the games and activities suggested for each stage are pretty obvious just through normal interactions with your baby. But still, I did find some new insights and was happy to have my intuition reinforced. If not for the horrible parenting quotes, I would probably finish the book and give it three stars.