I first found out about this application from a few different mommies on Instagram, but was hesitant to take the leap (haha) and pay for it. I really like free apps. However, I did finally do it and have been very happy with my choice.
Basically, the app shows you when all is clear with your little one and when there are storm clouds on the horizon. According to the app, babies go through developmental “leaps” where they learn a whole bunch of new skills, but get really cranky. A lot of times this is characterized by nothing working like it did the day before and mom and dad wanting to pull their hair out. The leaps are based on your child’s due date rather than birth date, so keep that in mind.
I found that our babies were more developed than the app said they should be using their due date, so I used their 37 week date instead and it has been absolutely right on. (We had an appointment with an occupational therapist who confirmed that my babies are almost exactly 4 weeks “behind” their real age.) The app is great for explaining what kind of skills they are developing at any given time and what I can do to help develop those skills. It also helps parents to realize that your previously happy baby will not always be the cranky clingy monster that lives in your arms all day. You can do dishes when the leap is over.
This app is a lifesaver if you want to know how to help your grouchy baby deal with all those rapid developmental changes, and if you want to remind yourself that the cranky days aren’t forever. There’s sunshine ahead.
Like Jessica I found the app through screen shots posted on Instagram. I might as well copy and paste the first part of her review here, because our story is pretty identical.
When we brought Atticus home from the hospital it was pretty smooth sailing. He ate when he needed to, pooped when he needed to and didn’t cry unless he wanted to be held or have one of the previous two things done. And then at 3 weeks, things started to change. My little guy went from eating every 2-3 hours to eating non-stop for three days straight. I was exhausted, deyhydrated and even wound up in the hospital with a 102 fever, dehydration and low essential mineral levels. I had no idea what was going on and once again turned to Instagram for some motherly advice. The girls mentioned a growth spurt and the Wonder Weeks app confirmed just that. Instead of putting your babies birthday in the app, you put your child’s estimated due date. When I used this date, the app become spot on! I was able to understand why my little bundle was no longer on his usual schedule and why he was in a feeding frenzy. He was going through a leap that was taking a lot out of him. That first leap: Growing Pains and a Tear, causes your infant to go through a “rapid maturation of metabolism, internal orangs and senses. She is clearly more interested in the world around him and is now better able to look at things beyond the range of 20-to-30 inches. As a parent you notice that your baby suddenly is responding more to you and others.” The app then goes on to tell you about the signs (if you couldn’t tell by the non-stop feeding/crying) of this leap, new abilities and things that will help you get through it.
Right now we are 16 weeks (18 by his EDD) and are heading into a “thunderstorm” period, and mama can tell that baby is not as happy and easy going as usual.
I really love this app and book. I think it is a mama-must have and that’s why we are giving away FREE copies of the app to our readers. We have 5 codes to give out so drop us a comment and we will randomly select some winners in 3 days time. Check back on March 25 for who won! All you have to do is go like The Wonder Weeks on facebook.