What Do Babies Remember?

Infancy and early childhood is a heady time, a period of stunningly rapid brain development that shapes who we become as people—even if we don’t consciously remember any of it.

We are born with most of our neurons, or brain cells, some 80 billion or so. Yet the connections between them are weak and tenuous. The real story of who we are and who we will become lies in how those brain cells communicate and get wired together during the early years. And it doesn’t happen by automatic pilot.

What Do Babies Remember? brings you activities and readings exploring how our early interactions and surroundings literally shape the architecture of our developing brains, providing strong or weak foundations for future emotional, intellectual and social development, even physical health.

How do experiences get under the skin? How does our history imprint itself in our brains and bodies? What happens to our babies’ brains when they are stressed? What happens to babies’ brains when their parents and caregivers are stressed? How do their brains adapt? And how might all this influence babies’ lifelong socio-emotional, intellectual and physical well-being?

Dive into the articles, infographics and interactives and discover what babies’ brains and bodies “remember” from their first few years—and how those early experiences and environments modify our life-long developmental paths.

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