The Wonder Weeks. How to stimulate your baby's mental development and help him turn his 8 predictable, great, fussy phases into magical leaps forward

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9789079208012: The Wonder Weeks. How to stimulate your baby's mental development and help him turn his 8 predictable, great, fussy phases into magical leaps forward

Book by Van de Rijt Hetty Plooij Frans

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The Wonder Weeks. How to stimulate your baby's mental development and help him turn his 8 predictable, great, fussy phases into magical leaps forward describes in easy-to-understand terms the incredible developmental changes that all babies go through during the first 60 weeks of their lives.

The book is based on the discovery of a little known phenomenon: all normal, healthy babies appear to be more tearful, troublesome, demanding and clingy at very nearly the same ages.

These age-related fluctuations in need for body contact and attention are related to major and quite dramatic changes in the brains of the children. These changes enable a baby to enter a whole new perceptual world and, as a consequence, to learn many new skills. This should be a reason for celebration, but as far as the baby is concerned these changes are bewildering. He's taken aback-everything has changed overnight. It is as if he has woken up on a strange planet.

The book includes:

·  Week-by-week guide to baby's behavior

·  An explanation of the markers for cranky, clingy, crying (the three C's) behavior and how to deal with them

·  A description from your baby's perspective of the world around him and how you can understand the changes he's going through

·  Fun games and gentle activities you can do with your child

The book offers parents:

·  Support in times of trouble

·  Self-confidence

·  Help in understanding their baby

·  Hints on how to help their baby play and learn

·  A unique account of their baby's development

For more detailed information about contents and the research behind the book, please visit www.thewonderweeks.com

About the Author:

Research background: The authors studied chimpanzees in Africa with Jane Goodall and found evidence for distinct ┐regression periods┐ where infant behavior changes dramatically. This confirmed research that others had found previously in 12 more primate species. They returned to Europe to see if these regression periods could be established in human infants. There, they started to interview and observe mothers and their newborn babies in their homes weekly during the first 20 months of life. They found and reported on 10 regression periods. The first study was based on 15 families. Later these findings were confirmed in 32 more families in the Netherlands, 20 families in Spain, 17 families in Sweden and 30 families in England. The findings were reported in scientific journals and presented in this general book for parents. Reviews: "This is a very practical and entertaining window into the baby's first year and a half. Vanderijt and Plooij have observed and found the vulnerable times in an infant's development that I independently came to in my book Touchpoints (Perseus). The authors' observations and practical suggestions are wonderful." -T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., professor emeritus, Harvard Medical School. ┐Vanderijt and Plooij┐s work on infant development has enormous value for clinical use and scientific application. Not only have they explained the periods of puzzling, difficult behavior in infancy which so worry parents, they have also shown how these behaviors mark developmental leaps and have described the stages in the infant┐s understanding. Together, this gives parents and professionals soundly based insight into babies┐ developing minds. What┐s more, Vanderijt and Plooij have described the play and communication that work best with babies at different ages and thus helped parents understand and connect sensitively with their babies. This parent-child connection is the major prerequisite for the development of secure, well-adjusted children. The Wonder Weeks is essential reading for everyone who works with infants ┐ pediatricians, social workers, psychologists, and, of course, parents.┐ -John Richer, Ph.D., Dip. Clin. Psychol., consultant clinical psychologist and Head of Pediatric Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England.

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