A timely and utterly original book that brings together groundbreaking information about what babies truly are, what they know and how we can support them to be their best as they develop and grow. Based on the latest neuroscience, the authors show how the experiences we have at birth sets up our perceptive neurology and influences the way we perceive the events of our lives. What Babies Want looks to cutting edge science, ancient cultures and traditional customs in search of ways to keep our children’s spirits intact.
Excerpt on interpreting movements:
"When she makes eye contact, smiles and says "Hello", she may get a big smile back, but at some point the baby will quickly duck his head or look away. Why does he do this?
This kind of turning away usually means "Hang on a sec, that was so exciting and full of stimulating information, I need a short break to assimilate what just happened.” Turning away is one way that a baby can regulate the level of sensory intake so that he can keep up with what is happening. Once he has integrated the first contact with your friend, he will come back for more.”