Every parent had gone through the same questions at least once, trying to figure out what is it that babies can see, hear and sense, and when can they do it. We know that their vision is not as good as adults’ in the first few weeks, and in fact it is rather blurry. Infants are also not quite capable of distinguishing background sounds from speech. Cognitively, they have a thirst for knowledge and are curious about everything around them.
- Some self-appointed experts have taken a dangerously dim view of newborn babies. Until the late 20th century, many medical authorities actually denied that newborns can feel pain.
- A caregiver’s touch may help reverse some of the adverse affects of prenatal stress, and protect at-risk babies from developing abnormal stress response system.
- After birth, babies continue to explore the world through touch, and it’s clear that touch is a powerful social and emotional signal.
“Ultrasound confirms that babies experience the sense of touch long before they are born.”