Many new parents have the Wonder Weeks app or have read the book. It has become a popular information resource for parents on your baby’s development at various stages (known as “leaps”) throughout their first 20 months of life.
As parents, we just want as much information as we can and so something like this comes along, we really latch onto it and become very wrapped up in all of the detail and almost be living the day to day happenings in our baby’s life through what Wonder Weeks is telling us.
With Wonder Weeks, I am finding that many families are interpreting the information relating to various phases that their baby is passing through….or reaching…or about to reach…as the reason why their baby is unsettled and not sleeping well. For example, “my baby is going through the particular leap, therefore that is why she is not sleeping well during the day”, or “there is a ‘stormy period’ coming up, that’s why he is waking frequently overnight” or “we are at this point in the Wonder Weeks, so that must be why he is waking up so early in the morning” or “that is why he is finding it so hard to go off to sleep”.
I have seen so many families who have had long-standing sleep / settling issues with their baby / toddler, and who were following Wonder Weeks and were trying to wait it out in the belief that once their baby passed through a certain phase or leap, that all would be resolved with their sleep. However….the sleep issues continued.
From my perspective, any sleep / settling issues (in a healthy baby) are not anything to do with a particular “leap” or “milestone” or stage of development. Any sleep / settling issues are simply just that – a sleep / settling issue….that can only be resolved by getting the right guidance making the necessary changes and / or modifications to the way you are managing your baby’s sleep / feed / wake cycles and overall routine.