Do Babies Know They Are Babies?

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Babies can sense a wide variety of emotions, from excitement to sadness. Even though it is challenging for them to speak, until taught to do so, babies still find ways to communicate with their parents or guardians. Normally, if the baby is hungry then he or she will cry or smack their lips together making a wet clicking noise to grab your attention. When a baby is excited or happy, then he or she will bounce up and down with glee.

Understanding a baby’s habit, language, and quirks can be a lot of fun and hard work for the parents. Sometimes we do ask ourselves if babies know that they’re babies, just like we know that they’re babies and we are adults. However, we also need to come to an understanding of what babies really know and what they don’t know.

Babies Recognize Their Parents

We all know that babies can recognize their mother’s voice and heartbeat starting at 24 weeks in the womb. For fathers, it takes a little bit more time for the baby to recognize him. However, being involved in the baby’s life will encourage bonding and recognition.

There are ways for a father to bond with their newborn son or daughter. For starters, changing diapers, talking to the child, or even cuddling or skin-to-skin help build that bond. Babies will begin to build strong attachments to their dads, dropping behavioral problems, and establishing strong family values. There are also classes where it helps new fathers grow and know what to expect from their baby.

Babies Know How to Observe Their Surroundings

All babies are different in their own personal way. Some babies love to have company, while others favor strictly Mommy and Daddy. Depending on the child’s environment dictates his or her’s reaction to people. In this case, babies are observant of their surroundings. Babies react differently around people, sensing emotions, and reading the energy of the room.

Typically around a stranger, a baby becomes reclusive and uncomfortable. They never have seen or heard of that person before. Through natural instinct they will want to watch that stranger every move and gather as much information as possible. Now if it is someone that they know, or recognize before by their looks or voice, then the baby will feel more comfortable and open.

Babies Do Not Know How Expensive They Are

Raising a child takes a village, patience, and is expensive. Buying diapers, paying for medical expenses, medicine, child care, and food cost adds up over time. Having a stable home and monitoring spending habits will help in some areas to raise a baby.

He or she does not know how high maintenance and cost-effective they are until they’re older. It is not too early to talk to your baby about money and the importance of saving and spending appropriately. Even describing different products and the quality of it can help your baby understand money as well. Once your child is older, they will have a clearer sight of how expensive having children can really be.

Babies Know How to Poop on Cue

Imagine sitting down one afternoon, with your favorite drink in one hand, and a nice book in the other. The room is quiet, the baby is entertaining themselves, and you can finally take a break. All of a sudden the room grows silent. Before placing your lips on your cup to taste that beverage you’ve been longing for, your baby poops. Now you are stuck on poop duty.

Babies have this weird timing with their bodily functions. Most babies can sense when the parent is preoccupied with something else. Even heading to the doctors, work, or the grocery store, babies will time it precisely to poop on cue. The best way to avoid disruption is by planning ahead and adjusting the food schedule 12 prior to your downtime. Another option to try is limit on food that will trigger bowel movements, like dairy and soy products.

Babies Do Not Comprend Life

Humans are curious creatures by nature. We love to discover new ideas, theories, develop philosophies, and explore the unthinkable. Over time we evolve into something greater and push the limits of life and happiness to feel whole and fulfilled. What about babies, can they comprehend life itself?

Generally, no, babies cannot comprehend life at such an early age. Babies are a mere definition of life and growth. Through the time of conception, to the delivery process, babies describe how beautiful forming life can really be. After being born. the baby is now experiencing real life for the first and only time. Life will be a mystery to them until the day where they can communicate their memories of what life is. Even now, as adults, we vaguely remember our childhood from 24 months and younger, unless we have video or pictures.

Do Babies Think in Their Native Language?

Based on their family, location, and where they were born, babies do think in their native language. Their brain process the dominant language that he or she has been exposed to and retained. While developing in the mother’s womb, the fetus can learn prenatally speech sounds through the mother’s language. Once the baby is born, he or she learns the phonetic of basic words at the age of six months.

Still, babies communicate through their feelings, especially through crying. If they need something, they cry, until taught differently. A cool way to help teach a child different ways to express emotions is through sign language. While the child is developing their speech, they can use sing language to express their thoughts and feelings.

Overall, babies are cute complexed creations that depend on their parents to survive. Babies may actually know that they’re really babies. Then again, they may not know that they’re babies, but over time see their lives in a different light. In the end, we all cherish them, and encourage our children to grow healthy and strong.