Rated: Recommended for EVERY parent of under 2’s
I’m so glad that I’ve taken the time to look through The Wonder Weeks. It’s so much more than a general parenting book! I found it refreshing to read something that explains things from a baby’s point of view, not only in terms of the physical experience (see, hear, smell, taste, feel), but also their current mental adjustments they make to their new world.
The book talks about 10 developmental periods, or Leap, over the baby’s first 20 months. And each of these Leaps is indicated by not only physical developments and skill development, but also emotional changes they define as the 3C’s – Clinginess, Crankiness and Crying. These fussy periods are describes as normal and something to expect. NOT something to try and stop, or an indication that something is wrong. Nor does it indicate that the parents are doing something wrong. These fussy periods are viewed as necessary for normal infant development.
“It is hardly surprising, when you think of the number of changes that your baby has to go through in just the first 20 months of life, that he should occasionally feel out of sorts. Growing up is such hard work!”
The Wonder Weeks may have started as a book, but now they have a website; Facebook page; an online community; an App; You Tube clips; free email updates and downloadable chapters of the book. While I’m a bit of a bibliophile and love my library, I see so much value in the making this information available for parents on their PC’s, phones and E-readers. Not only is the information available in any format, the regular email updates will notify parents about upcoming Leaps.
I was able to download the first chapter of the book onto my PC in about 15 minutes. There was a little bit of frustration over using a new platform and downloading the necessary program. I’m not the most technical minded person, so I’m sure it wouldn’t be as frustrating for many other people.
One of the resources that I really love about The Wonder Weeks is the regular email or texts that remind parents of an upcoming Leap. Though it might not be accurate to the day, I can imagine it would be really helpful to receive a text that reminds you that the fussiness you are about to experience is Ok and expected.
I completely understand how this book appeals to parents who are looking for guidance and solutions for their little one. I know I always wanted to know the "why" rather than just "what to do". We all half-heartedly joke about the mystical “Bible” for babies, but when parents are in the midst of fussy stages its not so funny any more! A straight answer would be so much easier. I think in many ways The Wonder Weeks fulfils part of this need.
My one small reservation is that it is another method or idea that encourages parents to look outside of themselves to “experts”, rather than parents realising that they are the experts in their own babies. In this day and age, very few parents are confident enough to “go with the flow” of their babies needs and ignore the so called “experts”. Having said that, I really love how the book reinforces a parent’s instinctive behaviour to hold and respond to their baby. I can see how this book supports the development of confident parents who understand normal baby behaviour.
If you have read or utilised any of The Wonder Weeks resources, feel free to share your experience in the comments below. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
For more information go to The Wonder Weeks website.