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Babies Really Do Think!


I get questions all the time about how to comfort and reassure newborns, babies and very young children, so here are Susan’s ideas and reassurances as well as ideas sent to me by parents.


First of all, babies really do think!  They look and listen, react and make their feelings known even in the womb…. An amazing feat if you consider how quickly infants learn to get attention and respond to voices, cuddling and changes of light and air, both inside and outside. 


Infants think through a system of transference, in which one side and then the other side of the brain each cry and are startled from the shock of being outside the place of darkness.   Then, reacting by sharing and startling, and turn from one position to another even at birth!  It is startling for the newborn! 


All that light and all that yelling, still, infants moving around and ---“where am I” starts, which is accessing their oral temperature, held up by loving new parents and by turning their heads to people in their care within minutes of birth!  


It is as if infants have been accumulating sounds and touch, especially touch, for years!!   It is time for the action to begin!   These newborns are ready to be active.   Heads and bodies turning, reacting vigorously with their noises, crying and more!  Infants and newborn babies rule the show, demand changes inside and outside.  They need to bond with their parents using sight, sounds and touch.    Their journey as thinking beings has begun. 


   Interesting Facts


•          During the first month of life, infants communicate with their parents and caregivers by crying. Babies quickly learn that crying will bring them food, company, or comfort.

•          Babies, who are exposed to sign language hand gestures, babble with their hands.

•          By 6 months, their babbling begins to reflect only the sounds of the languages they hear around them.

•          Babbling allows babies to imitate the rhythm, syllables, sentence length, and inflection of the speech that they hear. This is the groundwork for learning and expressing language.

•         They eventually learn that “Ma-ma” gets more of a response from their mother, and “Da-da” from their father. They begin to realize that specific sounds have specific meanings.

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