Wednesday, August 13, 2008

WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?


From TODAY, Voices
Wednesday August 13, 2008

By Dr Bill Maier

If you have a baby at home, do you ever wonder what they are thinking? Probably more than you can imagine.

Infants are more intelligent than we realise. Their motor skills may not be developed, but their brains do work overtime.

Newborns can only see about 10 to 12 inches away, which is why their eyes seem so distant.

But when you move your face in close, you can see their eyes light up.

Hearing has developed months before they’re even born, so babies come out of the womb already recognizing mum and dad’s voices.

That’s why they turn when they hear you speak – and they love baby talk.

Babies also have amazing memories. When you put a mobile in front of them, they remember exactly how to make it work, even if it has been weeks since they have played with it.

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