Can a baby do things associated with a future Wonder Week before he has gone through it? The Wonder Weeks app lists 'Responds to his image in a mirror' as one of the outcomes of the fourth leap but my 12-week-old has been doing this for weeks. (I can find other examples too.)
Some of the Wonder Weeks stuff seems spot on but this sort of thing makes me think it's a scam. Any true believers out there?
there averages based on studies, so like milestones babies can hit them at different times. Generally it will be in or near the time they say, if you notice a lot of times they say a wonder week can last a couple days to 6 weeks, this is normally because its average.
I mean, its definitely not a "scam"... It's based on extensive research. But as the PP said, it's based on averages so it won't be spot on for every baby. Also, I think we tend to focus on the physical milestones moreso than the cognitive ones, which for me tend to be more in line with the WW timelines. I'm a believer - her fussy phases always line up with their estimates, even though her skills don't always appear at the exact moment.
But I thought the whole point of the Wonder Weeks was that the leaps represent very specific developmental changes, so kids shouldn't be able to do the things associated with each leap before the leap happens. Like, the leap could happen a bit earlier or later for different children (hence averages) but that the leaps involved cognitive changes that enabled them to do things they previously did not have the understanding to be able to do?
Here's how the book explains it: "It sets in motion the development (the WW) of a whole range of skills and activities. However, the age at which these skills and activities appear for the first time varies greatly and depends on your baby's preferences, experimentation and physical development". The way I interpret that is basically that during the fussy phase they are "growing" and their little brains are on fire. They have the ability to perform the skills associated with the leap, but some do this earlier or later depending on their personality. Not sure if that makes sense
I think some of the skills are quite general too and may develop in different ways as baby gets older. The example you give of "responds to his own image in mirror" - possibly the way in which baby responds may be qualitatively different after the fourth leap to before? If that makes sense. So even though baby might respond at a younger age, maybe they respond in a different way after the leap?
I have to say it has been spot on for me in relation to fussy periods so far - week 5, week 8, and now just entering into week 12. I find with Clara that the skills start to emerge a little before the fussy period, then we have a difficult few days and then lots more of the new skills emerge.
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