The past two days Evie has been extra difficult. Fussy, clingy, restless. The tantrums are coming in thick and fast and if she’s not crying, then she’s clambering to be picked up. She’s off her food, not sleeping well and making me question what I’ve done to create this little monster.
Then I remembered that these are sure signs that she’s going through a ‘mental leap’. So this morning I grabbed my phone, opened ‘The Wonder Weeks’ app and sure enough there is a big ‘storm’ icon looming next to Evie’s head. Time to batten down the hatches, we’re in for a grumpy few weeks!
Have you noticed periods when your little sweetheart has suddenly turned into an absolute nightmare? Of course you have, it happens to ALL of us. The great thing is, it’s not your fault! It just means that your baby is learning a set of new skills.
‘The Wonder Weeks’ app is incredibly helpful. We first got the app when Evie was a few weeks old and I’m glad we did.
Babies go through their first ‘mental leap’ when they are around 5 weeks old. The signs of a leap are ‘clinginess, crankiness & crying’. ‘The Wonder Weeks’ app will tell you why your child is being fussy, what they’re learning at the moment and how you can help them to develop these skills through play.
For example, when Evie was around 10 months old she was learning about sequences. This meant that she was now starting to recognise the flow of everyday events. The app gave some great suggestions of what we could introduce to her at this stage.
A leap never lasts more than a few weeks. The app has a cute little timeline so that you can see when the leaps are likely to be. Where the sun is shining you can expect a calm period. If a storm icon appears it means that your little one is going through a leap.
It’s reassuring to know that everyone with a child experiences the same leaps and crankiness. It’s really helpful that this app gives you information on why your baby is behaving this way and suggests games and activities that you can introduce to help them through this period.
‘The Wonder Weeks’ is actually a book and the app is just a snippet version of the book. I have found that the app always gives us enough information, but the book gives you a bigger insight of the leaps and a lot more suggestions of things you can do with your little one.
Have you ever used ‘The Wonder Weeks’? Would you consider getting the app or the book?