The Wonder Weeks

24 May

The Wonder Weeks by Hetty van de Rijt and Frans Plooij. The so-called Wonder Weeks awonderweekse the weeks when a baby takes a major developmental leap. During 35 years of research, the book’s authors Rijt and Plooij have identified 10 such leaps in the first 20 months of a baby’s life. Each of those leaps will manifest in a fussy phase and eventually result in a developmental leap forward. For each leap, the book describes the accompanying fussy signs, the new abilities a baby will acquire, how the parents can help the baby go through the difficult time and how long it takes until the baby becomes more independent and cheerful again.

This book has accompanied me from the first week our baby was born. Ever since, it has provided me with great insight in our daughter’s world; it lets me know when to expect a fussy period and explains why, and therefore has helped me stay calm and help our daughter overcome the difficult times. Since these Wonder Weeks are timed, the information is even more valuable because you will know about the next fussy period in advance.

The descriptions of the fussy phases are very accurate. The lists of the emerging skills are very interesting too, but many of these skills only emerge weeks or even months after the leap, so it’s interesting to read but it shouldn’t lead to false expectations. Incredibly helpful are the ideas for toys and games for a particular leap. And the voices of other mums about the particular Wonder Weeks can be incredibly comforting.

This book provides the reader with a fascinating insight into the developmental phases of babies. It’s one of the best, or maybe even the best book I’ve read to better understand my own baby.

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