Ahh… the wonder weeks. Not familiar with this? If you have a baby under the age of 1, or are expecting, this will be helpful. Babies go through several mental “leaps” within the first year and a half of their lives. During these leaps their brain suddenly perceives things that it couldn’t before. Because of this, the baby’s behavior suddenly changes. Intro to the 3 C’s: clinginess, crankiness, and crying. It happens all of a sudden. Some leaps can even last several weeks. The neat thing about the leaps is that during or after the leap a baby is learning and mastering new skills. It is always fun to see them discover something new!
This is during leap #3 when Emerson discovered he could blow spit bubbles!
Haha, this picture makes me laugh! =D
Before becoming pregnant I had never heard about the wonder weeks so don’t feel bad if this is all new to you. Luckily, I found out about it when our little one was just born. There is a book you can read, The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward, that describes the wonder weeks in more detail and lets you know when these leaps will occur. You can also download the app, The Wonder Weeks, on your iPhone or android, which is what I did. Having the information readily available made the transitions easier. I can keep track of upcoming leaps, the length of each leap, skills they will learn, signs that they are in the leap, and what to do to make it easier on them.
For us it has been spot on! Literally the day it says he will begin the leap is when I notice his behavior is out of whack. Knowing about the wonder weeks has allowed me to be prepared and know what to expect (for the most part =P). It also gives an explanation to their out of the norm behavior. If you didn’t know about the wonder weeks you could be wondering why your normally calm and happy baby is suddenly fussy and crying more often. There is usually an explanation. I can tell you that so far we have been through 4 leaps and for us leap #4 has been the hardest. But every baby will have a different experience and some may not show many signs of going through a leap, hopefully you’re the lucky one!
So current mommies of young babies and mommies to be, I really recommend that you familiarize yourself with the wonder weeks whether it be by just reading about it or downloading the app. I have found it to be very helpful! Now when Emerson is acting extra fussy my husband jokingly says, “He must be in a leap”. Truth is, he probably is!