Babies Reflection 1
February 3, 2016
I was a little thrown off on what the documentary Babies would actually be about. It was not your typical movie that you watch though it was adorable, inspirational, and educational. Of course, this film gives you a “feel good” feeling whenever you see these babies in which you just sat back in awe and laughter. This movie takes you along a journey of four different babies from four very different parts of the world from San Francisco, Tokyo, Namibia, and Mongolia. You watch them as they are birthed, to milestones, to their first birthdays. As different as each culture is I was able to see that each baby hit milestones within a few months of each other. While watching Ponijao (Namibia) I could not help but think his upbringing was far from normal but in Namibia those are their sociological norms and he has since grown up to be a completely healthy, normal toddler now. During the documentary, we witnessed newborn reflexes, motor development, and general brain development that all come from a baby growing up.
The growth of newborn reflexes were obvious throughout the film within all four countries. We witnessed the reflex of sucking which comes from wanting to be fed. All four babies were seen breast feeding. You see Mari being to cry and her mother begin to breast feed her which leads to Mari’s crying stopping. A few minutes later we see Ponijao start to become fussy along with his sibling. Their mother breast feeds both of them and they immediately stop crying. Something that surprised me was how the babies began to imitate what’s around them. I always want infants to imitate the things I do when I am around them but I never really put more thought into it that they do that to learn. Bayargal (Mongolia) was playing with another infant when she placed bent over and put her hands on the ground. Bayargal then goes to imitate that position as if he was trying to figure it out....