Did you know that babies are born without kneecaps? Or that they have a natural aversion to green plants? Yet they're not remotely afraid of ferocious animals?
I didn't, and I've brought up three.
These are just three of the surprising facts about babies we feel we should know but don't that are to be revealed in an illuminating documentary on ITV tonight (Tuesday, June 3).
The Secret Life of Babies, narrated by Martin Clunes, reveals the world from a baby's point of view.
It comes from the premise that the first two years of our life are critical in terms of our development.
We grow to half our full height; we learn to walk, communicate, differentiate colours, understand danger; and we develop a sense of self. Yet we remember none of it.
But this show reveals what we experienced and, if you have a baby, what they're experiencing right now.
Perhaps alarmingly for new parents with a tendency to swear. we learn that they understand three times as many words as they can say.
All this is accompanied by shot after shot after shot of babies crawling about and looking unbelievably cute.
Pause for a moment and think: I was like that once upon a time.
The Secret Life of Babies, ITV, 9pm.
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