What in the world is a Wonder Week and what happens during them?
A wonder week is like a growth spurt for the brain. It happens quickly and over a relatively short period of time. And it is really upsetting to a baby. Her perception of the world suddenly changes and she perceives it in a whole new light. As you can imagine, it is pretty distressing and confusing for such a tiny person.
Because of this, she may act very fussy for a short time as she adjusts to all the changes. These changes are a good thing though. They cause her to assimilate information in a new way which helps her advance in her physical and mental skills.
Some babies will pick up more skills than others at each leap. A lot of it has to do with your baby's interests. Try not to stress too much about. There's enough 'my baby is doing more/less than your baby' as it is!
Some great quotes from the book that also explain things...
Our reserach has shown that from time to time all parents are plagued by a baby who won't stop crying. In fact, we found that, surprisingly, all normal, healthy babies are more tearful, troublesome, demanding, and fussy at the same ages, and when this occurs they may drive the entire household to despair. From our research, we are now able to predict, almost to the week, when parents can expect their babies to go through one of these "fussy phases." (p. 2)
During these periods, a baby cries for a good reason. She is suddenly undergoing drastic changes in her development, which are upsetting to her. These changes enable the baby to learn many new skills and should therefore be a reason for celebration. (p. 2)
But as far as the baby is concerned, these changes are bewildering. She's taken aback--everything has changed overnight. It is as if she has entered a whole new world. (p. 2)You can pick up your copy of the Wonder Weeks here to learn more about how you can help your baby reach her potential during and after these weeks. You can also take a look at WHEN the wonder weeks occur through this link.