Mother’s Day 2010: Reassurance and Peace of Mind International Bestseller, The Wonder Weeks, Available in the U.S., in English, Spanish Editions

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All babies go through a difficult period around the same time. Research has shown that babies make eight major, predictable, age-linked changes – or leaps – during their first 14 months of their lives. During this time, he will learn more than in any other year. With each leap comes a drastic change in your baby’s mental development, which affects not only his mood, but also his health, intelligence, sleeping patterns and the “three C’s” (crying, clinging and crankiness). The Wonder Weeks describes the eight leaps in the mental development that every baby goes through in its first 14 months of life. To meet the growing demand from American parents, the book, which has been an international bestseller for years selling more than 1 million copies worldwide in 12 languages, is now readily available in the U.S, in both English and Spanish ( Las Semanas Mágicas).

“This is a very practical and entertaining window into the baby’s first year and a half. - T. Berry Brazelton, MD, Harvard University

This Mother’s Day, reassurance and peace-of-mind are the one-size-fits-all for the new parents of the estimated 4 million babies born every year in the United States. With all due respect to Dickens, having a baby in the house can be described as ‘the best of times… and the worst of times’ by some new mothers.

Research shows that babies make eight major, predictable, age-linked changes – or leaps – during their first 14 months of life. With each leap comes a drastic change in your baby’s mental development, but this development can also manifest itself as poor sleep, bad appetite, crying, clinging and crankiness – exhausting and frustrating mom and dad.

The Wonder Weeks (http://www.thewonderweeks.com), by Dutch authors Hetty van de Rijt and Frans Plooij, explains the phenomenon happening inside your baby’s brain with detailed information about each leap. Based on 35 years of extensive research, The Wonder Weeks describes in easy to understand terms the incredible developmental changes that newborns experience.

“Each leap sets the stage for the subsequent development of skills,” explains Plooij. “Suddenly, your baby can think, feel, notice and understand what is happening around him in a new way. These new, higher levels of perception begin to emerge one after the other in rapid-fire and, as amazing as this is, it is also scary for the baby.”

According to Plooij, these cognitive changes can influence what the baby can do and how he behaves. That is why, before he is comfortable exploring his new abilities, a baby often cries more, is more clingy and crankier. “By understanding why their baby is suddenly ‘fussy,’ and knowing that these ‘fussy’ behaviors are temporary and really serve as a signal that your baby is making an important leap forward in development, parents are better prepared and reassured,” explains Plooij.

Now Available in America: Due to overwhelmingly positive response and to meet the growing demand from American parents, The Wonder Weeks, which has been an international bestseller for years selling more than 1 million copies worldwide in 12 languages, is now readily available in the U.S. Las Semanas Mágicas, the Spanish-language version of the book, is also available.

Using the book as a guide, new parents can be better prepared – often within a week or two – to expect the behavior that marks a new change in their baby’s development. The Wonder Weeks provides:

  •     A phase-by-phase guide to baby’s behavior and how to deal with the changes
  •     Fun games and gentle activities parents can do with their baby to guide them through their “leap”
  •     A description of the baby’s perspective of the world around him and how they can help him understand these changes
  •     Support and reassurance for new parents to help them get through the “difficult” periods
  •     Self-confidence
  •     A unique account of their baby’s development

The book can purchased directly through the website (http://www.thewonderweeks.com) where parents can also sign up for a free Leap Alarm email, which indicates every time their baby is making a leap in his mental development. By simply entering their email address and expected date of delivery, new parents can be alerted by email as to when their baby is about to make the next great leap, feature a short description of the coming progress and what they can do to help their baby through the transition.

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