The world of smooth transitions

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! Smooth transitions are things (whether tones, the brightness of light, or moving objects) that smoothly change into something else. Smooth transitions are so natural to adults that we barely notice them anymore. But for your baby, these are the most complex things they can handle and are therefore peak experiences. Learn everything about leap 2 in The Wonder Weeks app.

The fussy phase of leap 3

The fussy phase of leap 3

In the beginning of leap 3, around 11 weeks, your baby will show the typical 3 C’s (Crying, Clinginess and Crankiness). In this fussy phase of the leap, your baby may be shyer, clingier, lose appetite and may suck their thumb more often than before. Another typical feature of leap 3 is that your baby will make fewer noises or move less than normal. This may appear like a step back, but in fact it’s a big step forward. In our app you will find a list of signals of the fussy phase by which you can recognize leap 3.

The skills phase of leap 3

The skills phase of leap 3

From 12 weeks your baby will be able to see, smell, hear, taste and feel “smooth transitions” for the first time. For example, after taking leap 3, babies like to put things in their mouth or turn their head to the side into a flowing motion. You will notice that your baby’s movement are less wooden and jerky. This change resonates in the way your baby plays with their voice. This development is the reason why babies love the airplane game, flying through the room in your arms, descend in a steep dive and taking off again. This game is all about smooth movements!

The wonder weeks of leap 3

Every baby develops in their own way

Not all babies are the same. Some babies focus more on using their body and moving around. Other babies focus more on using their voice and learning to babble and chatter. Your baby gets to choose what they want to practice at that moment and get better at. When your baby is focused on, for example, his motor skills, you will see that he will be focused on his verbal skills in another leap and the other way around. You can write down a story accompanied by a picture in your personal diary in our app to remember which skills your baby was developing at that particular moment.

Keep track of leap 3 in our app

In our app you will find out everything you need to know about leap 3. The signals of the fussy phase and how to handle it, for example. You will also find countless other tips and games that you can use to stimulate the new skills acquired during this leap.

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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