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Preview — 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 by Frans X. Plooij
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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* Overuse of quotes that provide no real substance or purpose
* Super repetitive - the book could have just said "and now your baby will be fussy" instead of going on for page after page about how "the baby is overwhelmed" and "the baby is scared" and "the baby's world is changing" etc etc etc, each time trying to phrase it in a new way as if there's an actual difference.
But, the good:
* It identifies the changes your baby's brain is going through. It's helpful to know w ...more
I loved reading about the developmental changings and it was such a rewarding experience to see ...more
1. It helped me to see the difficult times as positive moments of growth.
2. I liked the list of possible skills for each age and the short lists of games or toys.
This book is not exhaustive in its description of baby development and the parent quotes weren't always interesting. I never planned to use only one book or only one friend or only one resource for child care advice. This book could not be your sole reference, but I did gain something valuable from it ...more
It does have some useful information on babies' development. And some ideas of age-appropriate activities (though most will be pretty familiar to anyone who has been around babies).
But these "predictable phases" seem over-exaggerated. My first child was the fussy one, and she never seemed to have the highs and lows that I would have predicted from this book. My second is more laid back, and ...more
When the book was ordered for the library, ...more
1) This isn't new information. Everything in this book was something I already read via many (free) parenting apps.
2) It is the same information week after week. It's wonderful information - it allows you some comfort that what your child is experiencing is normal, expected, an ...more
Unfortunately one of the most useful chapters (Sleep) is at the end, and I should have started with that! Plentiful of valuable information in there, that could have settled my expectations before learning it the hard way. My advice (if you acre a new parent) ...more
It often seemed repetitive with each leap being similar in stages, but it was interesting to help chart her growth and development. There were some helpful tips to encourage her development.
Recommended reading for new parents.
The "predictable leaps" aren't really worth paying attention to, and much of the book is nothing but quotes from mothers (and nothing but mothers) about their children's development, but the general timeline and the suggestions for games and toys were useful.
Anyway, here's a good start--I stopped a little over a third of the way through. ...more
I also find the style of this book annoyingly repetitive with an excessive number of cutesy quotes that just repeat what had already been said. Some of them also s ...more
And one more beef: They switch back a ...more