The Wonder Weeks: What You Need to Know About Them

August 24, 2018
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If you want a quick overview of the wonder weeks then I’ve inserted a wonder weeks chart a little further down. Just scroll to find it, otherwise, keep reading!

Have you heard of wonder weeks? You may be wondering things like:

What happens during wonder weeks?

Can wonder weeks start early and what does leap mean?

A lot can be answered in the baby leap app which is what you might turn to if you’re looking for an answer to 8 week fussiness or just fussiness in general.

That’s why it is good to know about wonder weeks, because they often give you answers!

The Wonder Weeks are quite commonly referred to in many online mom groups these days.

You’ll see a conversation similar to this:

“I don’t know what to do! My baby is so fussy. She won’t sleep and she’s super grumpy. Help!”

Along with many other responses to her question, you’ll often find one that looks something like this:

“Is she going through a leap?”

And if you’re unfamiliar with Wonder Weeks, then you can be forgiven for wondering what on earth a leap is. So, that’s what this post is for.

And as an extra, I want to include how best to utilize the knowledge that the Wonder Weeks offer.

Baby lying on tummy with minion hat on

What You Need to Know About the Wonder Weeks:

What are the Wonder Weeks?

This post here sums it up beautifully, as well as the research that took place in order to create the Wonder Weeks –> How to Use the Wonder Weeks Without the Stress

Here is also a wonder weeks chart for quick reference:

Wonder Weeks Chart

Wonder Weeks Chart

For the sake of this post I’ll give a brief overview of what the Wonder Weeks are:

The Wonder Weeks is a baby development book.

It gives parents a guide about the predictable developments that their baby/toddler will go through.

It doesn’t focus so much on the traditional developments that are referred to such as crawling, walking, etc.

However, it has a huge emphasis on the mind of your child and the developments that are taking place there.

Leaps are the big developmental milestones that are commonly referred to.

The Wonder Weeks cover 10 developmental leaps that your child will go through in the first 1.5 years of their life.

You can find a great deal of information via their free app, but here is a list of the leaps in the order they take place:

  1. Changing Sensations
  2. Patterns
  3. Smooth Transitions
  4. Events
  5. Relationships
  6. Categories
  7. Sequences
  8. Programs
  9. Principles
  10. Systems

Along with giving you a description of what those leaps entail and what milestone your child is working towards, they also give you advice on how to best deal with your baby’s behaviour.

The Wonder Weeks: What You Need to Know About Them

For instance, with many of the leaps, most babies become fussier and demanding of your attention. In the app, you’ll find they offer suggestions for dealing with this.

You’ll also get a full wonder weeks chart and calendar that literally maps out the leaps and when they are due to occur.

One thing that I find interesting is that the whole calendar is based on the child’s due date and not their actual birthday.

The app gives you the option to receive alerts before a leap is about to start, which can be helpful for some parents.

What are the Benefits?

So, how is this information beneficial to parents?

Personally, I find it quite fascinating. I mean, it’s amazing to witness your child learning to roll over, crawl, sit, and eventually walk.

The Wonder Weeks take that to a new level by sharing the research that shows the development that preempts all those milestones.

So, before your child can crawl they first need to learn xyz which might take place weeks or months before they actually achieve the physical milestone.

Knowing about leaps also gives you the knowledge behind why your child is not their usual self.

For instance, sleep patterns might be disturbed, they may be fussier than normal, or in some cases be disinterested in feeding.

Knowledge is power.

Check out this post for tips on handling the disruptions that the Wonder Weeks can bring –> Babywise Disruption: Handling the Wonder Weeks

The Wonder Weeks: What You Need to Know About Them

What are the Disadvantages?

As with most tools that are available to parents, knowledge about the Wonder Weeks can also have its disadvantages.

What are they?

Well, first of all, I find the whole calendar thing kind of confusing. Specifically, how they base the date of it from your child’s due date as opposed to their birth date.

I understand the mentality because preemie babies are also treated in a similar way.

Their due date is taken into consideration, but more so their birth date in regards to how close they are to hitting milestones.

Read –> 7 Milestones to Watch for During the First Year

Secondly, while it can be a great resource for understanding your child’s behaviour, it can also take away some of the joy of parenting. Or, cause needless worry and stress.

If you’re prone to looking ahead then you might be guilty of dreading the next “x” number of weeks because your baby will be going through a leap.

I know I fell into that trap when I heard all about the much talked about grey period.

Read –> The Wonder Weeks- “Grey Period” – What is it?

And also –> Everything You Need to Know About Wonder Week 19

So while knowledge is indeed power, it can also cause anxiety where there shouldn’t be any.

The Wonder Weeks: What You Need to Know About Them

How Can You Utilize the Wonder Weeks?

With that brief overview as well as the pros and cons of knowing about the Wonder Weeks, how best can you use them as a parent?

Well, quite frankly, with balance.

Knowing about the Wonder Weeks can really take the pressure off when you’re pulling your hair out over your baby’s behaviour.

It gives you another thing to troubleshoot and can take the responsibility off your shoulders.

As parents, we often take our children’s behaviour personally. I know that when my child isn’t acting themselves I always feel a sense of uneasiness.

I love knowing that it isn’t something that I’m doing wrong, but simply something that my child is learning.

So, I would advise you to use the Wonder Weeks in the following manner:

Read up on them and have a general knowledge of what to expect.

The best way to do this is to download their phone app.

Set up your child’s bio, read the basics, and then exit out.

Do I recommend setting up the alerts? Nope.

Because then you are at risk of changing things up when they may not need to be. As well as worrying over what might never happen.

Instead, have the information readily available on your phone. That way when you find yourself in a situation where you’re wondering why your child’s behaviour has changed, you can refer to it.

I do believe that babies go through developments, but I’m sceptical about how accurately they can be timed, especially when due dates aren’t always very accurate.

I’ve found it much easier to first observe my child and then go looking for answers, rather than the other way around.

I hope this information helps you if you’re just discovering the Wonder Weeks and what they entail.

It is a brilliant resource that once again showcases how mind-blowingly fascinating the human mind and body are.

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