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The Wonder Weeks - Updated : 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 - Updated

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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    Evidence based advice for parents that explains why their little one may be having a bad day!! Particularly helpful for the first time Mum and Dad. Reassuring and compassionately written.

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    5.0

    The Wonder Weeks is Wonderful!

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    • Repititive But Necessary

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      Being a first time mum & dad, this book helped us immensely at those times when our little fella was cranky, clingy and crying. It relieved us to know that he was simply going through another developmental stage and there were things that we could do to help him rather than hinder.

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      Not a how to parent guide

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        Not a how to parent your baby but a how to understand your babies development

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          • Tracking Bubs Development

          We refer to wonder week when our daughter is having a 'leap'. It supports me as a first time mum in keeping grounded about what is going on for her and guides me in how I can support her the best.
          It's a point in reference rather than a solid read all the way through book for me.

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          5.0

          Reassurance for new parents

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            After using the wonder weeks app, I decided I would like some more in depth info on the 'leaps' that occur in my baby's development. This book was very reassuring that what we were experiencing was within the spectrum of normal and reminded me to take the time to care for myself. This gave me more patiences during the 'fussy periods' and made it a little bit easier to help my 4 month old experience the world.

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            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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                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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                Wonderfully good

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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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                  Wish I had read it with my first child!

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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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                      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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                      Finally figured out one phase of the baby s developments to be blind-sided by an entirely new one? This book will get you through those transition times Examiner.com"

                      ISBN: 9789491882005
                      ISBN-10: 9491882007
                      Audience: General
                      Format: Paperback
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 480
                      Published: 3rd February 2014
                      Country of Publication: NL
                      Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.5  x 2.4
                      Weight (kg): 0.64