Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Wonder Weeks

Since Lexie was born I've used The Wonder Weeks App and found it scarily accurate with her development leaps.
 
 
According to their website, "The Wonder Weeks app is based on 35 years of research and the international best-seller The Wonder Weeks by Hetty van de Rijt Ph.D. and Frans Plooij Ph.D. This app is only a short summary of the leaps. In the book, you can read how to deal with the wonder weeks in the best way, how to help your baby be less fussy, and how to get the most out of all leaps. The book is advised and endorsed by the best GP’s and experts in child development all around the globe". 

So what is a Developmental Leap? Here is a bit more information taken from the Wonder Weeks website....

'A leap in the mental development of your baby means that suddenly there are many changes in his/her head. Suddenly, his/her brain perceives things it wasn’t capable of perceiving before. This change is so great that her entire world suddenly looks different.

The timing of the mental development of a baby is linked to the age since conception and not to the age since birth. Therefore, to know when your baby is making a leap, you have to fill in the due date, and not the date of birth. Look at it this way: the brain of a baby that is born three weeks early is not as far developed as the brain of a full term baby. The brain develops, in and outside the womb. This is why we calculate with the due date

By knowing what is going on inside the head of your baby, you can help him to make the leap more easily and stimulate his development. The Wonder Weeks app:
  • Shows when your baby makes a leap in his mental development
  • The ultimate personilized chart provides you with all the dates that mark a specific difference in your baby’s mental development
  • Gives notifications when your baby is making a leap
  • Explains what your baby can understand & learn after this mental leap
  • Gives insides how you can help your baby'
In additional to the app and to compliment the book they have now released the journal which I was very kindly sent to try out and is like a diary so you can note down all those little things that make a huge impact on your babies development. How did your baby make those leaps? What did she do? How did he react to something? Where did he like to look? You can now keep track of it all in the journal. I think this will be fantastic to look back on in years to come! 
 
 

Lexie is currently in the 'relationships' leap and her abilities and signs for the leap on spot on what we are experiencing at home with her. Its really interesting and helps you understand what's going on and that you are not alone! 


This is about her current leap taken from my Wonder Weeks's app...

Abilities

The results of what Lexie can do after taking this leap are very noticeable. You'll start to see a whole different human being.
These are examples of your baby's skills and interests after going through this leap:
  • Shows interest in people who "act differently" as compared with "normal"
  • Shows immense interest in details such as zippers, labels, or stickers
  • Lifts things up to see if anything is below
  • Tries to untie laces
  • Throws something to see the content
  • Puts food in the mouth of others
  • Makes connections between words and deeds
  • Blows air
  • Protests as dad or mom walk away
  • Imitates sounds with his tongue
  • Standing up with a little help or pulling herself to an upward position.

Signs 
 
You will notice that your baby reacts the same way to this leap as he did with all the other leaps. By now you know what your baby's leap behavior is like.
Your baby:
  • Cries more often or longer
  • Asks for more attention
  • Sleeps less, sleeps worse, and eats less
  • Has mood-swings
  • Is not pleased with many things
While going through this leap, parents often notice that their baby starts to protest when being dressed or when a diaper is changed. 
Do you notice your baby grabbing or “talking” to her teddy bear more often? This is also a sign that Lexie is going through a leap; your baby is looking for comfort.
You will also notice that each leap will be more intense for you, too! With every leap, your baby is able to demand more of you, and you will notice this. It is very normal that you feel exhausted at the end of this leap
 
You can read more about The Wonder Weeks by visiting their website, Facebook page, Twitter or Youtube
 
You can download the app on iTunes here
 
 

12 comments:

  1. They didn't have anything like this when mine were babies. What a good idea though, I loved recording all my little ones wonder leaps even though I didn't have an app. to help.

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  2. What an interesting app, it's amazing really how development happens. My boy certainly does a lot of protesting!

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  3. What an interesting sounding app - I would never have thought some of the things were them learning.

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  4. I used to love to record all the little details with my babies, I wish there had been something like this when I had them x

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  5. Things have changed so much since my boys were small. I never had anything like this to record all the small things that we missed

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  6. this sounds great - I was really interested in my babies' development - this looks like the perfect way to not forget those special moments x

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  7. What a fabulous idea - had good old baby record books when mine were little

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  8. Oh if only they had such fab apps 3 years ago when Max was little. I found the apps then so frustrating. This sounds like a really useful and well-thought through app.

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  9. Love the idea of the journal, I have the book and have enjoyed reading (and re-reading) it regularly as each of my kids grows older :)

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  10. Obviously had mine before any such apps appeared, sounds like they're a good idea though

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  11. oh this sounds like a really love app, i am using something similar in my pregnancy and its so nice to read about what is happening or going to happen :-)

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  12. That looks great, i'd have loved it when mine were younger.

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