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?

This post is linked with…
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  1. Kerry Dyer
    May 21, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    We loved this too! I wish they still it for toddlers haha! xx

    • Chloe
      May 21, 2015 / 7:16 pm

      I wish they did too! Evie's 1 leap away from the end of this app. I don't know what I'm going to do without it haha. I guess it's because they can talk from then onwards. x

  2. LyndseyJ
    May 21, 2015 / 1:32 pm

    This app sounds great, I have recommended it to my sister for my baby niece.
    Things like this make me worry less about starting a family, I get nervous that I wont knwo what to do.

    • Chloe
      May 21, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      It's so helpful. This isn't even a sponsored post, I just love it that much I had to share it. It really lets you know why you're baby is behaving the way they are. It's great! If it helps, we had no idea what to do, even when we took Evie home from hospital. But after a few weeks it feels like you've had them forever. 🙂 xxx

  3. Sophie P
    May 22, 2015 / 7:21 am

    We were major users of this app..I must have opened it nearly everyday!! A great app. 🙂 x #binkylinky

    • Chloe
      May 23, 2015 / 6:50 pm

      So, so great! There are so many activities/games/things I do with Evie because of this app. Every time she's going through a specific leap, I try & really help to introduce things that will boost her learning. It is so helpful. x

  4. Lianne Thebrunettesays
    May 22, 2015 / 7:36 am

    I agree, wonder weeks is amazing and makes total sense!! 🙂

    • Chloe
      May 23, 2015 / 6:51 pm

      Yes it really does! I love that they are just suggestive of activities to try as well. They're not like 'you must do this with your little one'. It really does make you go 'oh that's why they're behaving like that. 'x

  5. Helen Gandy - Beautiful Things
    May 22, 2015 / 11:08 am

    I totally need to get this app for my 5 week old, might give me some sort of a clue as to what she's crying for!

    Helen – #binkylinky

    • Chloe
      May 23, 2015 / 6:55 pm

      Yes you do! Honestly, it's the best parenting app we've ever got. It's the only one we even use now. When they start learning new things as well, it is absolutely spot on everytime. It helped us understand Evie ridiculous amounts. This isn't even a sponsored post, I genuinely love it that much. I hope other mums & dads discover it, because it made our lives so much easier. xx

  6. Emily Higgins
    May 23, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    Looks like a great app. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • Chloe
      May 23, 2015 / 6:56 pm

      It really is if you've got a little one under 18 months. It really helps you to understand what your little one is learning at the moment. It is spot on every time too. When Evie started crying when we left rooms, we opened up the app & sure enough it said 'your little one will start to notice that you're not attached anymore & will start to cry when you leave her'. It has been our biggest insight into communicating & understanding Evie. x

    May 24, 2015 / 8:27 am

    We use the Wonder Weeks too. Apart from the name (nothing wonderful about the leap weeks!) we find it useful. Sometimes a little daunting though, when you've had a bad day and check the app to see the leap spread out in front of you!

    • Chloe
      May 24, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      Definitely nothing wonderful about the grumpiness, but I definitely love that they give you a rough idea of how long the leap will go on for & what sort of things you can do to encourage their learning 🙂 x

  8. ApparentlyAwkward
    May 24, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    I never splurged for the app but I did buy the book. It is great!! I suggest it to everyone as well and now I'm thinking maybe I SHOULD just go for it and buy it…#sundaystars

    • Chloe
      May 24, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      I think the book is more in-depth than the app, so it might just be worth sticking with that. It is brilliant isn't it! I think it makes understanding babies so much easier! 😀 x

  9. Emily Vaughan
    May 25, 2015 / 7:31 am

    We loved the app, had it from day 1 with Indiana and always felt reassured by it. She's completed all her leaps now though – just in time to start it all again with her brother when he's born in August haha xx

    • Chloe
      May 25, 2015 / 4:02 pm

      I don't know what I'm going to do when Evie completes her leaps haha. I'm dreading there being no more guidance. It's good that you get to use it again though. You so easily forget how much newborns differ from 1 year olds. x

  10. Caroline Elliott
    May 25, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    Ooh I have never heard of this but will have to check it out as it certainly sounds very useful! Thanks for linking with #maternityMondays xx

    • Chloe
      May 25, 2015 / 4:03 pm

      It really is so useful. It's such a great insight into what's going on with your little one. x

    • June 2, 2015 / 8:52 pm

      It really is! It’s the best way to find out why they’re feeling fussy! x

  11. June 2, 2015 / 8:58 am

    I’ve never heard of this…Probably because my girls are older but it sounds fantastic x

    • June 2, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      It is brilliant. I couldn’t recommend it enough to new mamas & dads. x

  12. June 2, 2015 / 9:55 am

    WOW would have loved this app when my kids were younger, I can see it helping out lots of parents when they are wondering why their baby is so grumpy.

    • June 2, 2015 / 8:48 pm

      Honestly, it is spot on! 🙂 Not just one of those flouncy apps that tells you how to raise your baby either, it simply says ‘i bet this is happening & this is why!’ 🙂 x

  13. June 2, 2015 / 6:03 pm

    I’ve never used an app for parenting but it looks a really useful tool, parenting can be so daunting at times x

    • June 2, 2015 / 8:39 pm

      I never intended to use an app for parenting & I must admit that this is the only one I have. This isn’t even a sponsored post, it is such a useful tool 🙂 x

  14. June 5, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    Yes! The Wonder Weeks is fab and I find the whole theory fascinating x x

    • June 6, 2015 / 10:34 pm

      Me too, it seems to be so spot on doesn’t it! If only it carried on past 18 months x

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