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Parenting Advice

This world wide bestseller: Will save your sanity Help your baby to get the most out of his development Ever wondered why your baby drives you crazy during certain times? Or, that no matter what you do, you can’t seem to make him happy or comfort him? Or, that he doesn’t eat well; doesn’t sleep well? Have you ever thought … Read More

The 3 C’s: Clinginess, Crankiness and Crying

crankiness and crying

For 35 years, we have been studying interactions between mothers and babies. We have documented—in objective observations, from personal records, and on videotape—the times at which mothers report their babies to be “difficult.” These difficult periods are usually accompanied by the three C’s: clinginess, crankiness and crying. We now know that they are the tell-tale signs of a period in … Read More

What is a mental leap? Phases in a mental leap

mental leap

What is a mental leap? A leap in the mental development of your baby means that suddenly there are many changes in his head. Suddenly, his brain perceives things it wasn’t capable of perceiving before. This change is so great that his entire world suddenly looks different. Phases in a mental leap Just as your baby has processed the previous … Read More

The Wonder Weeks due date vs. birthdate

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Only knowing when there’s a leap is not enough!! Yes, you can see when the fussy phases will start and end, but your baby really needs the right help during this fussy phase. He needs you to understand what is going on inside his mind so you can help accordingly. Only using the chart without helping your baby in the … Read More

How does your baby’s world change during a mental leap?

a mental leap

With each mental leap that your baby makes, it gains a new kind of perception. It is through this new potential or ability that he is able to perceive new things—that is see, hear, taste, smell and feel new things. All the new things he is perceiving now were already present in the environment before the leap. He just did … Read More

Does a baby control everything once a mental leap is complete?

baby control everything

If your baby has completed a mental leap, it means that he has come to terms with his new perceptual ability. He is no longer crying, cranky and clingy. But that does not mean that he can do everything or has all the skills that this new kind of perception potentially has given him. Basically his brain is now capable … Read More

How do you discover your baby’s personality?

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Discover your baby’s personality When you open up to your baby and look for everything he ‘tells you’ with his body language, you get a very good idea of your baby’s personality. By keeping track of which skills your baby chooses after a leap, from among the many new possible skills listed in each section of ‘The Wonder Weeks’, you … Read More

Timed fussiness: the true reason

Timed fussiness

It’s not your imagination– all babies go through a difficult period around the same age. Research has shown that babies make 10 major, predictable, age-linked changes – or leaps – during their first 20 months of their lives. During this time, they will learn more than in any other time. With each leap comes a drastic change in your baby’s … Read More