From the Cover:
The Wonder Weeks describes in easy-to-understand terms the incredible developmental changes and regression periods that all babies go through during the first 20 months of their lives.
Age-related fluctuations and the need for body contact and attention are all related to major and quite dramatic changes in the brains of children. These changes enable a baby to enter a whole new perceptual world and, as a consequence, to learn many new skills.
Wonder week by wonder week you’ll discover the dates in the first 20 months when all babies take ten major development leaps. Learn how to encourage each leap forward. Help your baby with the three Cs’ of fussy behavior: Cranky, Clingy and Crying. Recognize the on-set of stressful times and join your children in coping with them.
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, The Wonder Weeks will help your baby, and you, get the most out of these developmental phases.
This is another one of those books that you will want to keep around to reference a various stages of you child’s life. Each chapter covers a different brain development stage. As you read each chapter it will tell you the most likely time your child will reach that milestone, how to recognize that it is happening, and what you can do to help your child and yourself enjoy this new time of learning.
The basic principle is that just as a baby will stay the same size for a while then suddenly grow an inch over night, his brain is doing the same thing. Over night his brain will develop the capacity to learn and comprehend something that is never could previously. This can result in a short “fussy phase” because, to him, his entire world just got turned upside down overnight. However, the book helps you learn when to recognize these phases, identify them as enjoyable learning opportunities and have fun with your baby during them, instead of being confused and frustrated because your child suddenly when from a happy little angel to a fussy monster overnight.
When I was reading this I came to a portion of the book that was describing how to recognize a particular “brain leap”. It said the child might start “talking” to their stuffed animals, indicating that they were recognizing realistic faces and developing vocal skills. Well Daniel was just begin the age week when the book suggested this would happen but he had never show any interest in stuffed animal although he has an entire nursery full of them. As I was thinking this I looked down at him where he had been playing in his baby gym. He had completely stopped playing with his dangling toys and was carrying on quit the conversation with Kita, our 8 year old Japanese Akita! I picked him up on my lap and faced him to her and he carried on talking to her for as long as she would look at him. Afterwards she good-naturedly allowed me to take this picture. She got extra treats for this one!
A few days later I realized that instead of watching me get ready, as he usually does in the mornings, He had turned towards one of the Pooh faces on the blanket he was lying on and was “talking” to Pooh and making “kiss” faces. After these two incidents, I was convinced this book knew what it was talking about and we have had a lot of fun together as he goes through each development stage. We are looking forward to the next one which should occur around 19 weeks.
One last thing I really like about this book is that it gives you suggested games and activities to play with your child at each stage. One of the things my husband had said early on was “I want to play with him but what do I do? It’s not like we can go throw a ball around yet!” Well now we have game and activity suggestions for each development stage.