How spot on was the Wonder Weeks for your child/ren?
People interested in Wonder Weeks book
, Feb 03 2013 12:16 PM
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:16 PM
My 4.5 month old DD has had a crazy month sleep wise - growth spurts, sleep regression, christmas trip.
I took some hope in the Wonder Weeks book and decided to hold out until mid week 19 when the wonder week is meant to subside. Miraculously (?! fingers crossed) we have seen an improvement in her temperament, night and daytime sleeps. No-one I know has heard of the WWs, so I would just be interested to hear other people's experience. Have you found it to be pretty much spot on?
Thanks! (apologies if this has been covered before, I did a search!)
Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:29 PM
Well, my 4.5 month old DS (20 weeks yesterday) had been a bloody nightmare for the last 3 weeks. Everything in the 19th week WW has hit us - appetite fluctuations & breast refusal, needing my constant attention and never-ending stimulus, catnapping again, waking every 2-3 hours in the night and the crying, oh good grief, the crying.... But has also gained 500 grams in a fortnight, has perfect aim when reaching and is raising his bum and making crawling movements. So yes, the 'tough' parts of the Wonder week and the milestones has held true to their list - however I won't be convinced until the relative calm they say I will get between 20-23 weeks arrives
Edited by futureself, 03 February 2013 - 12:30 PM.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:38 PM
So far they have been 100% spot on for my twin boys. They are currently in WW9, so only one more to go! Each time they have picked up different skills which has been very interesting to watch.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:28 PM
For us it was pretty accurate. I remember a couple of times having an absolute prick of a day, DS being uncharacteristically demanding and clingy etc, having a good old frustrated bawl and then later picking up my phone (I had the WW iphone app rather than the book) and seeing he'd just started another wonder week. And suddenly it would all make sense, I'd have the strength to keep going because I knew it wouldn't last forever and there was a reason for his sudden change of behaviour.
It's also been quite interesting seeing the new skills and abilities as they've developed and understanding a little bit more of the mental processes that went on behind the scenes.
Posted 03 February 2013 - 08:44 PM
We didn't have "wonder weeks" when mine were little . Just growth spurts
Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:43 AM
I never bought the book, just went off the wonder weeks calendar, and it was spot on for DD2. It really helped me anticipate when we were going to have challenging times, and helped me understand what was going on & why. And most importantly, when it would be over!
Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:46 AM
Nope. I think the first few fit, but not after that. DS marches to the beat of his own drum
Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:55 AM
I don't 'believe' in it for my son...a couple of times it's been right on the money, but certainly there was no sign of the first few.
I used to really get the irrits when women from my mothers group slavishly ascribed every behaviour to a 'leap' or 'wonder week for sure '. Seriously, they are babies, not pre-programmed little robots.
For me, the 4 month one and the current 9-10 month 5 week alleged leap have coincided with unsettled and difficult times.
Otherwise, I think it's generally decent advice and suggestions about developmentally suitable activities for infants.
I don't think it can do any harm to have a read, anyway!
Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:04 AM
DD was pretty close. Not sure if it was her or me looking out for it but it seemed to match
Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:15 AM
It never fit my daughter.
I think it's similar to Star Sign stuff, there are way too many people in the world for it to be exact for every one.
My daughter was born on her due date(which is supposed to be important for WW's) and she never fit the week's 'reading'.
As Jillian says, they aren't robots, they hit milestones in their own time, not anything to do with an app or book.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:17 AM
Was spot on for us. We would sort of forget about the book, and then in the middle of the night when nothing was working and we were at the end of our tether we would pick it up in desperation, and bang! our lives would be written on the page. It made things a lot easier.
Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:46 AM
Thanks for your replies!
I agree - it is another thing to add into the mix (i.e. not everything is a wonder week, and we could survive without knowing about them), but I have found it quite reassuring - like the km marks at a fun run, they help you pace yourself and keep going. Plus having some activities and new skills to look for is interesting too.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:08 PM
SPOT ON!!!!!! My god couldn't get over how spot on it was.
Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:58 PM
They were really close for my son. I never bought the book, instead I found the calendar on line. I wasn't sure that the book would be much help, but the calendar helped remind me that "this too shall pass".
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