If one of your mummy pals has not already referred you to a book called “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” – more affectionately known as ‘The Wonder Weeks’ – it’s definitely a book you might want to get your hands on if you’re finding your baby’s crazy behaviour is driving you a little crazy yourself.
Penned by husband-wife team Frans Plooij and Hetty van de Rijt (experts in Educational Psychology, Physical Anthropology and Behavioral Biology, with doctorate degrees from the University of Cambridge), ‘The Wonder Weeks’ is a book aimed at helping parents understand and manage the age-related fluctuations that their babies will go through.
After years of research, Plooija and Rijt have concluded that there are phases of development in which healthy babies are more tearful, troublesome, demanding, and fussy – and they are able to predict, almost to the week, when parents can expect their babies to go through one of these “fussy phases.”
During these periods, a baby cries for a good reason; it’s usually because she he is suddenly undergoing drastic changes in her development, which are upsetting to her.
These changes enable the baby to learn many new skills, and are, in fact, a sign of progress but as far as the baby is concerned, these changes are bewildering – hence the fussing.
The book pinpoints the aforementioned phases – also known as ‘wonder weeks’ and with the intention of helping you to understand and cope with your baby when she is difficult and how to enjoy her most as she grows. Once you understand what your baby is on about, you will be less concerned about and less resentful of his behaviour. This knowledge will also give you more peace of mind and help you to help him through each of these fussy periods.
I have friends who swear by this book. I have not read it myself but based on their recommendation it definitely deserves some attention. The book is marketed as sanity saving, and what parent isn’t after a little sanity?
To find out more about the ‘Wonder Weeks’ philosophy, visit Thewonderweeks.com – the site is detailed and informative, and to order ““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”, visit Amazon.co.uk.