Human beings are born into this world entirely helpless, unable to feed talk, or walk. And as can be viewed from the video, there is a remarkable transformation that takes place over the first twelve months of a baby’s life. This paper explores an infant’s experiences as viewed in the video, and resonates with the knowledge gained so far to assist in the comprehension of babies’ during the first twelve months of life.
The video commences by displaying several stages of the baby’s developmental stages. The commentator asserts that a baby develops from a helpless creature to the most capable. From the video, a baby is born and the placenta is cut; and handed over to the mother. I observe that the baby still has weak lungs and takes his first breath of life while crying. At this stage, the baby can only cry as a means of communication. The first three months mark the baby’s first development. We can also see how their body and brain develop from day one, as they adapt to the outside world. During this period as seen in the video, the baby smiles at the mother and raise his head and chest when placed on tummy, track objects using his sight, fold and unfold his hands and grip objects hands. (Heiligman & Hines, 2002).
The video also showcases the clips whereby the baby roll from front to back, babbles, and made certain sounds that imitating the real language, laughs, grabs objects, and sits with support in total control of his head. In this stage, this baby must have been between the ages of four to six months (Bower, 1986). From this clip, the baby is simply trying to reach out and manipulate the world around him; as he also tries to master the unique and amazing tool within him; which is his hand, and tries to discover the unique voice that was coming from within (Westman, 1974).
In the final stages of infancy; between seven to twelve months, the baby has developed to some extent and can do many things on his own. The baby can crawl, sit without support, responded to familiar sounds like that of his mum, and can play around with objects (Kenny, 2013). In the video, Dr. Daniel Lieberman of Harvard University explains that at this stage, the baby can take few steps on their own; marking the transformation from infancy to babyhood. (Kenny, 2013
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