The “Wonder Weeks”

Can’t figure out why your little loved one is suddenly a tyrannical, inconsolable monster?  Congratulations!  You’re experiencing a “Wonder Week.”

The “Wonder Weeks” refers to very specific critical weeks in your child’s development when he or she is making a big cognitive leap and is also a huge pain in the neck.

This phrase comes from a best-selling book of the same name by Hetty van de Ritj and Frans Plooij.  The authors’ web page is here and has a lot of helpful information.

The Wonder Weeks Web Page

In a nutshell, the concept is that as your young one’s mind is growing, it’s doing so in a non-linear fashion. There are weeks or  months of calm punctuated by huge inductive leaps as they go from one developmental stage to the next.  And just as growth is often painful for grown ups, so is it for your baby.  They are overwhelmed by this leap in their cognitive abilities.

So what does that look like in real life?  It looks a lot like this, as show in this infographic from the  Wonder Weeks website:

The Wonder Weeks

Those black clouds are problematical periods. Although there is obviously some variation in the exact time, the point is, these fussy periods are perfectly normal.  If your baby could talk, he’d tell you “It’s not you, it’s me.”  But he can’t. So he’s going to cry and throw stuff at you instead.

Although the Wonder Weeks book is certainly a good investment, there is also a lot of excellent material available online, starting with the author’s website.  This page in particularly may be some consolation to you:

The Three C’s: Clinginess, Crankiness and Crying

Although it is certainly wonderful to see your child making these developmental leaps, you might find them less than wonderful.  Suck it up and deal with it.  It’ll be over soon. Until the next Wonder Week.

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