Everybody, meet Landon. He is the toddler sitting in the armchair between the two adorable baby twins. Yes, one chair fits all, but the image of much tinier versions of baby obviously doesn’t fit Landon’s life perspectives. He is turning left and right, as if checking and double checking whether the twins are one or two different persons. The expression on his face is one of sheer confusion and astonishment. The twin on the left is obviously uncomfortable and is pretty vocal about it, while twin on the right seems to enjoy the situation. You see three babies, and also three different budding personalities.
Set the entertainment component aside, the video is an excellent example how babies develop different communication skills at different times. As utterly helpless creatures, incapable of walking or talking, with insufficiently developed sight and hearing, babies have little experience or self-directed interaction with the world they are forever ready to learn more. While the interaction betwixt babies will forever remain a thing of mystery to observing adults, knowing how babies interact with their environment should unveil a bit about these connections.
When together, babies can interact somewhat, although their attention is more diverted towards shiny objects or toys. This is universal, and parents should not be worried or uncomfortable when their baby ignores other babies. When they do interact with each other, most babies are oblivious that other infants are rather similar to themselves, and, using their senses they will ‘explore’ these new creatures – hit, poke, smell and taste. When they discover that other babies are not harmful, they will imitate the other’s noises and unfortunately begin to cry or scream when another does.