"You, alright?! I learned it by watching you!"
Who doesn't remember that quote from the classic 80's anti-drug commercial (video if you haven't seen it or simply care to reminisce)? Drug use is just one example of learned behavior, but as I alluded to in this week's Wordless Wednesday post, today we will focus on innate baby tendencies, those behaviors which aren't learned and instead seem to be hardwired from birth. Disclaimer: my evidence is anecdotal, at best. But for each of the four points below, I can't recall A. being taught to act/react a certain way. On the contrary, her behavior seemed to come from somewhere within her.
shape sorting toys. Since she was more interested in chewing the shapes than trying to put them in the right hole, I started stacking them. And lo and behold, she started knocking them down. Stack, knock, stack, knock--without fail. We never taught her this game; she innately knew the rules.
2. Peek-a-Boo Street. A. discovered peek-a-boo a few weeks ago. The first time we tried it, she gave us one of her beautiful smiles. The response has been the same every time since. According to this article, babies love peek-a-boo for a number of reasons, including the smiles, the undivided attention; the sing-song quality of "peek-a-boo"; and the element of surprise. Whatever the reasons, it's a perennial all-star for keeping baby amused and I've never seen a baby who didn't love a game of peek-a-boo, A. included.
3. Achtung, Crawling Baby! A. learning to crawl was a big milestone, but it's a double-edged sword for Steph and me. We can no longer sit idly by while she plays, especially because she's innately driven to crawl to the dangerous spots in a room: the section of hardwood floor not covered by rug, the pointed edge of a TV stand or coffee table, a baseboard heater, stairs, the fireplace, etc. I'm not sure what it is about these spots -- perhaps they're all on the edge of the room and A. is just exploring
4. Taking names and grabbing glasses. I wear glasses every waking moment -- one morning, A. literally didn't recognize me until I put them on -- and when I hold her, she loves to grab for them. I've seen other babies with the same fascination, perhaps because glasses are an interesting object within reach. But glasses are only the beginning. A. also loves to grab and pull hair my hair. And for some twisted reason, she laughs whenever she does. It's one game I'm not very fond of, but if she's fussy and needs to be calmed down, I'll tilt my head towards her and play anyway. Whatever it takes to get the job done!
What are some other innate baby tendencies that you have observed with your kids?