The world of patterns

Leap 2

From week 7, your baby enters leap 2: the world of patterns. Your baby could show the first signals of leap 2 between week 7 to week 10 after the due date. Learn everything about leap 2 in The Wonder Weeks app. You have the greatest chance of your baby experiencing the fussy phase at around 8 weeks. After going through leap 2, your baby stops seeing the world as one big mishmash and starts to discover patterns.

The fussy phase of leap 2

The fussy phase of leap 2

Your baby is entering a new difficult phase in their development. This phase is characterized bij the 3 Cs: crying, clinginess and crankiness. You can recognize the fussy phase by these, and at least a few other characteristics from a whole list. You can find all characteristics and tick het off in our app!

This fussy phase occurs between weeks 7 to 10. This phase of leap 2 won’t necessarily last the entire 3 weeks. You will notice that your baby starts placing “demands” on life. The calm he or she enjoyed so much until now is being increasingly replaces by a need for variation. They want to see things from their perspective and hear other things.

The skills phase of leap 2

The skills phase of leap 2

Around week 9 to 10, there is a big chance you will see your little one’s new skills! Once your baby has taken the second leap, they no longer see the world as one mishmash. They can distinguish fixed “patterns” in that mishmash. For example, he or she will start to discover their hands, stare at them and twist them around in fascination. Your baby will now lose some of the automatic reflexes he or she initially had and will start “consciously” feeling the things he does with his body. These movements still look rather wooden, however.

This skill, and 400 other skills associated with the leaps, are listed in our app, where you can also keep track of them in your personal diary.

You take leap 2 together

The effect of leap 2

Leap 2 will not only have a major effect on your baby’s live, but also on yours. In the coming time, you will be walking around your house a lot, discovering many little spots in your house that you have never been that aware of before. That is precisely the wonderful thing about leap 2. Through your baby and the lovely intense contact you build up with him, you will also start noticing other things in daily life. Together, you can discover the world leap by leap!

Learn everything about leap 2 in The Wonder Weeks app.

Leap 2: every baby is unique

It is important to remember that no baby is the same. Some babies are more focused on showing their motor skills during leap 2 and others are more pronounced of showing their speech and language skills. Every baby develops in his or her own way and decides for themselves what they want to develop. And the best bit is that it says something about your baby’s (future) personality! Did you know that not only can you tick off the skills of the leap in our app, but you can also keep track of them in your personal diary?


Baby leap chart

During our research into mental leaps, we discovered that this phase in which your baby cries more frequently and shows a different behavior than normally, can actually be predicted quite accurately almost up to the very week based on the due date. Discover the leaps of your baby on our website, using our baby leap chart.

More about leaps
Leap 1
From week 4, your baby enters leap 1, the world of sensations. The first signals of your baby’s first leap will appear between weeks 4 to 6 after the due date.
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Leap 2
From week 7, your baby enters leap 2: the world of patterns. Your baby could show the first signals of leap 2 between week 7 to week 10 after the due date.
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Leap 3
Around 11 weeks, you may see signs of the next leap approaching: leap 3, the world of smooth transitions. Your baby is acquiring yet another new skill!
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Leap 4
From week 14, leap 4 starts! The first signals of leap 4 will appear between weeks 14 to 20 after the due date. During leap 3, your baby learned to see several smooth transitions, patterns, or sensations without seeing any connection.
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Leap 5
From 22 weeks, your baby enters the world of relationships. Welcome to leap 5! Leap 5 is no small leap. This is a giant leap! Why? This leap enables your baby to perceive the relationships between all the earlier leaps.
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Leap 6
From week 33, the world of categories will be knocking at your door, leap 6. The first signals of leap 6 will appear during weeks 33 to 38. Once your baby can perceive “categories”, they will realize that they can divide the world into groups.
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Leap 7
Around 41 weeks, the world of sequences is just around the corner. Welcome to leap 7! Between 41 and 47 leap 7 will start. While your baby mainly studied things by taking or tearing them apart during the previous leap, they will now be rather “constructive” after this leap.
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Leap 8
Hip, hip, hooray! During this leap, your baby will celebrate its first birthday. Your baby will not only make a leap in their mental development but will also turn form a baby into a toddler!
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Leap 9
Around 59 weeks, you may see signs of the next leap: leap 9. Welcome to the world of principles. If your toddler has taken the leap, you will notice that they are running all kinds of “programs” more smoothly, more naturally and more clearly.
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Leap 10
Around 70 weeks, your toddler is ready for a new leap into the world of systems: leap 10. The last leap, at least the last one we have recorded. In leap 10, you can now observe your toddler becoming aware of systems after making this leap!
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