Understanding children: Babies being heard
Understanding children: Babies being heard

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Understanding children: Babies being heard

8 Conclusion

Young babies can do more than we often give them credit for. From birth they are active participants in life, making sense of their worlds and influencing them.

In this, they need other people to help them, and other children and relatives can play a big part in their lives. Through Mia and her Family's experience of her birth, you have seen the significance of other people to her. You have also been introduced to two other families with babies the same age as Mia. They live in different circumstances and have different expectations of babies. As the families grow up together, they will have to balance and probably adapt these expectations with the reality of living together.

Key points

  • Research has shown that very young babies can communicate, feel and do much more than was believed in the past.

  • Babies benefit from close, predictable and responsive relationships with other people.

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