Do Babies Know Things When They Are Born That Adults Don’t Know?
With the birth of my younger siblings, my own children, and now my grandchildren, I have been able to see the miracle of a newborn baby and all the wonder and mystery that goes with their growth and development.
When you look at them, look into their eyes, it's like there are secrets inside that we can't get to. Because we can't communicate with them, we wonder what they are thinking and what they already know.
Do they possibly carry secrets of wisdom from a past life? I know that might sound crazy, but I'm just asking. Maybe, they do? If they could only put those thigs into words, what might they tell us?
I saw this video on Instagram and it not only touched my heart but made me wonder if babies do know more than we think they do?
Do babies have universal knowledge?
The Guardian explains that babies may know more than we think they do.
Babies know much more about the world than we previously believed. They have a lot of prior knowledge, right from birth. They're very sophisticated learners.
Can babies see things that adults can't see?
As a baby's eyes wander, dart and focus, sometimes it seems like they can see things in the room that aren't visible to us. Is it that they see things we can't see or just see things differently?
To find out, I went to scientificamerican.com. Here is their explanation.
When babies are just three to four months old, they can pick out image differences that adults never notice. But after the age of five months, the infants lose their super-sight abilities...Don't get too jealous of the superior discrimination that infants have, however: The reason adults—or even babies older than about eight months—don't have it is because, over time, our brains learn what differences are important to notice.
Why can't we remember being babies?
I have so many questions when it comes to babies. I've often wondered why my earliest memories are around 4 years old. If I have a good memory, You would think that we should be able to remember some parts of being a baby, even part of our birth and the womb.
The University of Queensland explains why we can't remember like this,
The answers to these questions may lie in the way our memory system develops as we grow from a baby to a teenager and into early adulthood. Our brain is not fully developed when we are born—it continues to grow and change during this important period of our lives. And, as our brain develops, so does our memory.
That didn't satisfy me, though. So, I searched for a more clear answer and found it on the BBC website.
But even as adults, information is lost over time if there’s no attempt to retain it. So one explanation is that infant amnesia is simply a result of the natural process of forgetting the things we experience throughout our lives.
I guess like the mothers that labored to carry and give birth to them, babies have selective forgetfulness, too. Seriously, birth is probably even more traumatic for the baby than for the momma.
The miracle of birth always brings me to tears and the mystery of babies, and the secrets they might hold will always keep me mesmerized.