Babies can be mystical, confusing little buggers. Just when they appear to have conquered the art of sleeping through the night, they're up every other hour. They go ticking through the milestones fast and furious until all of a sudden, they're regressing.
There are so many apps out there that seek to make parenting through the baby stages a little easier or more informed, but there is one app in particular that a couple of parents in our Offspring Facebook Group swear by: Wonder Weeks.
The Wonder Weeks app is derived from the book of the same name and it leans on decades of research to help understand the milestones (or "leaps") of a baby's mental development, what it means in terms of his fussiness level or sleep patterns — and how you can help stimulate his development to get through it.
The app can send notifications about leaps; you can even add leaps to your calendar so you know when they're about to hit. It explains what's happening in your baby's brain when they start to smile for the first time, why their appetite drops off or why they suddenly become clingy.
"My daughter is on the 5th leap and it is such a quality, practical dose of information for each leap," Miki says.
Another group member, Brendan, agrees: "It has helped not only when our weary minds needed an explanation for why our sweet baby had turned into a monster, but also whenever I got curious about his development."