Monday, April 18, 2011

Wonder Weeks Information

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Nearly two years ago, I told you about the book the Wonder Weeks. Since then, I have been increasingly impressed that often I see questions about "sudden fussiness" and "sudden sleep issues" that all fall in line with the Wonder Week age range. I know that in the Chronicles Google group, we are all well aware of the Wonder Weeks and talk about them often.

Someone from the Wonder Weeks contacted me with this comment:

We have made it easier for new moms (and dads) - and less expensive - to get a copy of the book. Due to overwhelmingly positive response and to meet the growing demand from American parents, The Wonder Weeks, which has been an international bestseller for years selling more than 1 million copies worldwide in 12 languages, is now readily available in the U.S. Las Semanas Mágicas, the Spanish-language version of the book, is also available.

The book can be purchased through our website (, where you can also connect with us through Facebook and Twitter.

We've also launched an iPhone app, which can be found in the iTunes App store.

I thought I would pass all of this information along to you! Anyone I know who has it loves the book. It is great to know why your baby is fussy and what she is about to be able to accomplish.

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kozzie said...

I am in the Google group and often see posts about the WW and find myself wondering if, as a parent, you set yourself up for expecting a WW. Is it possible your child just acts fussy because or maybe they don't have an issue with a certain WW. I have not read the book, and maybe I should, but I just feel like by reading it I am setting myself up for the negative instead of just rolling with the punches. Does that make any sense?

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} said...

Thanks for this. I've heard so much about the Wonder Weeks, but don't have a copy for myself. You've reminded me that I need to get one! :-)

Kristin said...

@kozzie, I know what you mean. I haven't read the book either (so maybe I should or keep quiet? :) but there are so many possible reasons for explaining a certain behavior (WW, teething, illness, growth spurt, other changes or stresses, every baby is different!, etc.) what would knowing that it's a possible WW change? You just roll with the punches, as you said, and make the best of it.

Jessica said...

It's more than a book about when to know when your child will be fussy. And certainly, there is going to be times when your child will be fussy that doesn't line up with any leap. This book is more about how to help your child through each developmental leap, suggesting toys that mesh with what your child is learning currently (a lot of the time the 'toys' are simple household items!), games to play and so forth. By knowing these things, you might be able to help alleviate some of that frustration - although not all of it.

I bought this book when my son was about 8 weeks old. I approached it with skepticism, wondering the same things as were expressed above. But after reading the intro and the developmental leaps he's had so far, I am very impressed with the accuracy.

For me personally it has eased my stress when I can't figure out what's going on. I think it's helped me become more understanding of what he's going through, growing and changing so much. But that's my experience and won't predict the experience of others. I definitely think it's worth checking out their website to get a better idea of what the book is about. When I read about their research process I was further intrigue. I had wondered if it was just a book written about a theory someone had, not really field-tested or anything. But they really have scientific data to back this up.

Plowmanators said...

Kozzie and Kristin, I can see that trail of thinking.

The thing for me is that I didn't hear about Wonder Weeks until Kaitlyn was an older baby. It wasn't until after i had received tons and tons of questions about the same age ranges-all with the "my baby was doing great, then suddenly wasn't" theme to it.

So I do think it is possible to set yourself up, but I do know for sure there are certain ages that are just harder, and they come and go rather suddenly and without explanation. So I definitely think there is truth and value to the book.

Plowmanators said...

Jessica, thanks for your added thoughts! Those comments are helpful.


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