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The Wonder Weeks. Eight predictable, age-linked leaps in your baby's mental development characterized by the three C's (Crying, Cranky, Clingy), a change ... and the development of new skills

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"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, he ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 29th 2008 by Kiddy World Promotions B.V.
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Virginia
I love this book. Not only do the doctors explain and show me what's going on with my baby, it is worth it's weight in gold because I do not feel so crazy and alone. I can point to many of the characteristics and go, "Oh, that is my baby! I'm not insane!" Which for a first time mother, is very helpful!

Plus, the book includes many comments from actual mothers going through the same stages and I agree and empathize with many of the comments. And some of the comments make me feel as if I'm a better
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Heather
This is really an incredible book. I think it has done more to help me as a mother than any other parenting book I've read...besides the scriptures. The whole premise of the book is that babies go through mental or cognitive growths spurts just like they go through physical growth spurts. Usually a few weeks before a baby makes a physical "leap" forward they also make a mental "leap" forward which is characterized by a fussy, clingy and sleepless baby. This is a time when a baby's whole world is ...more
Rachel
After hearing about The Wonder Weeks for several months from other moms I finally got to reading it when my last child was born. I am so glad I did.

So, what are the Wonder Weeks? You know how children have growth spurts where they physically grow a huge amount in a short time? Well, the same thing happens with children's mental develpment, it just isn't well known of by the general public (Why not? I'm still trying to figure that one out). A lot happens during and after these mental leaps and Th
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Kristen
This was a great book for our baby's first year. I wish they had written a sequel for baby's second year.

It's definitely not a book to sit and read cover-to-cover and there are lots of anecdotes that can be skipped. But, we found the timing of the "leaps" to be quite accurate, along with the descriptions of the fussiness that accompany each "leap" and the new skills to look out for once things have settled down again. It's reassuring to know that you're not going crazy when you can't soothe you
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Julene
Skimmed this one because it was extremely repetitive. I liked the premise: that babies (newborn to about 18 months) go through big psychological changes just as they go through big physiological changes and these changes in how they see the world and organize what they see are life-changing events that throw off their "groove" and make them cranky for a while. Take away lesson: your baby may seem cranky for no reason, but there, most likely, is a very good reason and you should just be patient a ...more
Sarann
Skimming this. So far not impressed. Apparently babies get esp fussy before reaching a development milestone. Features lots of supporting quotes from moms (no dads?) that are mostly about how they were afraid something was wrong w/their child, or how they were bullied by their health care professional to do something they didn't agree with.Hoping it has more specific info about the milestones themselves.
Ruth
So far an easy read and highly informative. However, it can be a little repetitive. Some of the info is hard to match up since my baby has reaching a lot of milestone earlier. I will be reading slowly as to not read too far ahead of her age.
Fran
Apr 03, 2008 Fran rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This book does a really great job of explaining the developmental leaps that babies go through in the first year. I highly recommend this to anyone, especially those whose babies are fussy -- it really helps to give all that fussiness a context.
Lisa
Aug 03, 2014 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Such a useful book to help you understand the developmental stages and helps parents to understand that fussy periods are actually periods of growth
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