The Wonder Weeks

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was introduced to a concept that totally changed the way that I looked at my baby’s fussiness: The Wonder Weeks. I felt it only right to pass this knowledge along to any new mother reading this blog :)

Every baby cries. We all know that. But do you know that as your baby grows and develops, she goes through a documented timeline of fussy phases, known as leaps, which coincides with changes taking place in her mental alertness?? These leaps take place at distinct times during the first two years of her life,  and while your child is in one, she may exhibit signs such as:

  • Eats less
  • Sleeps less or wakes up a lot of the times
  • Seems to go back in his development in stead of forth
  • Cries more
  • Is cranky
  • Clings to you all the time
  • Is ill more often
  • Is not satisfied, no matter what you do

The Wonder Weeks is like a guidebook for any new and frustrated parent to give them a “heads up” about what is to come in your baby’s mood and development. As for myself, I highly recommend downloading the app, which is both iPhone and Android compatible, and comes complete with and easy to follow chart documenting the first 20 weeks of your baby’s life. It tells you when you baby is experiencing a leap in mental development, what she is learning or attempting to grasp at that stage, what you can do to help your baby through this stage, and what she will be able to accomplish once it is finished.

Consider yourself warned people. Those first 20 weeks can be as frustrating as they are rewarding. At least with the Wonder Weeks app, we can have more foresight on when to have a little more patience with our baby..and when to make a trip to the store to stock up on more wine!

 

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