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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 - 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

By: Frans X. Plooij, Hetty Van De Rijt, Jan Jutte (Illustrator), Stephen Sonderegger (Transcribed by), Gayle Kidder (Transcribed by)

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'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' describes in easy-to-understand terms the incredible developmental changes 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.

About the Author

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. 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.

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    5.0

    What every mother needs

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      The Wonder Weeks has really helped me understand my son's mental development. It identifies his needs and wants at certain pivotal points in his early life and gives me the tools I need to ensure he grows and learns the correct way. I would recommend it to any new mum.

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      By First time Mon

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        Useful at times when you are ripping your hair out wondering what on earth happened to your routine, whether you are doing something wrong, or why oh why is baby behaving like that?!
        A reassuring read that explains the why's, what's and when's of babies developmental stages. Gives a better understanding from babies perspective as well as other parent's experiences.
        Not necessary to read all at once- as if parents of young babies have time to do that! Just read section applicable to developmental stage/predicted age. Each stage is also set out so that it is easy to put down and pick up as required.
        The app is very similar. I just prefer books :)

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        5.0

        Wonderfully good

        By Mother of twins

        from Brisbane

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          This book is an excellent read for anyone expecting a baby or has a baby between birth and 20 months. Very informative, and extremely accurate in understanding your little one. Great to read each chapter before your baby reaches that age so you know what to expect.
          We don't get an instruction manual as parents but this book certainly helps!

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          5.0

          Wish I had read it with my first child!

          By SazSoh

          from Maidstone, Vic

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            Great help in predicting baby's physical and brain developmental milestones, and figuring out why some days they're more clingy than most!

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            4.0

            Wonder Weeks

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            from Ballarat, Victoria

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              The Wonder Weeks was very useful in helping me understand what my baby was/is going through around certain periods, in doing so I was able to cope better and not get concerned, upset or frustrated. It also has great information on their development at different stages and what to look out for and suggestions for activities to assist.

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              5.0

              Very helpful for the first time parent!

              By Rhiannon

              from Brisbane, AU

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                Great book for the first time parent to understand the milestones their baby is reaching and how to decipher their behaviour. Would highly recommend!

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                5.0

                So far so good!

                By KuKu

                from Sydney, Australia

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                  Being busy all the time as a mum this book is fabulous as I can read the chapters gradually rather than the whole book at once and I can refer to the section which has relevance to my child's current growth spurt. It is an investment very much worth making whether you're having/ have one baby or more. I can literally see the changes described in the book with my baby and it actually does give me peace of mind knowing that the difficult or challenging behaviours are only temporary. The feedback is also fantastic regarding things you can do to help enhance your child's growth spurt and new skills. So glad I bought this one!!!

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                  5.0

                  So helpful

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                  from Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

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                    This book has helped us understand or little one and explained how we could help in her development from the start. I have recommended this book to other new mums and experienced mums..

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                    5.0

                    helping me understand baby's development

                    By Sandy Beach

                    from Sydney, Australia

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                      I read ahead of my baby's predicted development and find that I am well prepared when baby is making his developmental leap. I understand why he is being the way he is (upset, bored, wanting challenges, extra hungry, needing more cuddles etc.) and I help him get through the changes with love and knowledge. It is remarkable to see my baby developing as The Wonder Weeks book predicts he might.

                      A fantastic book that only requires that you read the necessary chapter/leap when it is approaching.

                      A fantastic gift for new / first time parents like me. But no doubt second/third time parents would also enjoy and find useful. .

                      Can't say anything negative about this book.

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                      ISBN: 9789491882005
                      ISBN-10: 9491882007
                      Audience: General
                      Format: Paperback
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 480
                      Published: 3rd February 2014
                      Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.5  x 2.5
                      Weight (kg): 0.64