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From the Series: Aspects of Child Development: Fetus to Age 3
The Series Includes : Birth | Feeding | Perception | Bathing Playing 

Carried in the womb, carried by their parents, and, finally, carried by their own two feet, children are continuously absorbing the stimuli of their world. In this program, mothers and fathers and a wide range of specialists provide insights into the stages of perception experienced in the first three years of life. Topics related to the perception process include parental roles in child-raising, the daily interactions that mold the physiology of the infant brain, the effect of a child's sex on parental expectations and societal acceptance, and enculturation through naming and ceremonies.

Getting Ready for Baby (02:34)
A couple discusses their unborn baby's future. Fetuses can feel and hear outside noises. Parents expect one of two things: a perfect baby or an impaired baby.

Communication in Everything (03:07)
See the final moments of the birth process, a baby breastfeeding and learn the ways parents constantly communicate with their baby.

Movement from the Soul (02:20)
Communication between an adult and infant is sensorial and emotional. One father feels it is important to show his child emotion. Emotion is a form of communication and movement.

Sense of Security (01:34)
A father bikes with his son. Carrying a child provides safety and a lifelong sense of security. Child carrying customs vary in cultures around the world.

Care of Premature Infant (03:02)
Part of the care of a premature baby can include the "kangaroo technique" in which the baby is breastfed vertically for 24 hours and then taught to suckle. See a father becoming more supportive when this technique is applied.

Importance of Being Held (03:57)
A mother bear must lick her cubs, or else the cubs become irritable. Viewers hear an emotive narration from a baby's perspective. A child being carried feels supported physically and emotionally.

Gender Expectations (03:02)
A cartoon depicts the "ingredients" that make a boy and a girl. Parents have certain expectations for the gender of a newborn, but regardless of disappointments, accepting the newborn is important.

Identity and Name (02:47)
Name, family, groups, and preceding generations all factor into a child's identity. Past cultures used grandparents, godparents, or dead relatives' names, a custom that continues today.

A Complex Naming Process (02:33)
Inuits once believed that if a baby boy was birthed too slow, it would turn into a girl. In the Inuit culture, newborns have several different names, each representing the rebirth of a dead relative.

Inuit Culture (01:55)
In Inuit culture, the mother serves the family by replacing generations; the father is "the harpoon." Certain Inuit concepts are hard for Westerners to understand.

Building its Own Life (02:31)
A child will naturally incorporate itself into any world it is exposed to, having an amazing capacity for observing and learning how to function in its environment. The child views the world subjectively.

Father's Presence (01:02)
Fathers need to become more nurturing, a trend that is successfully happening in the United States.

Traces Versus Memory (02:09)
A baby's experiences are imprinted and remain as traces, not memories. Traces are mostly subconscious, whereas memory is hyperconscious. Traces are highly sensitive and difficult to understand, yet present in all of us.

Breakdown in Harmony (04:00)
A father finds it hard not to comfort his crying baby. The key to understanding a crying child is to pinpoint her specific need. A newborn has specific cries for specific needs.

Lullaby Safety Net (03:03)
The lullaby is universal. It brings a baby back to what it experienced in the womb, and serves as a comforting transition into the "insecure world of sleep." We see different cultures sing lullabies.

Symbolism for the Soul (01:04)
In Inuit upbringing, a baby must learn breath sounds, including different exhalations and inhalations. These make up the main components of an individual.

Finding a Secure Balance (04:08)
Newborns must balance their feelings of great security and insecurity. Learn the neuroscience of baby's sleep. Jean-Pol Tassin describes calm sleep and agitated sleep.

Becoming Human (03:00)
Learning to walk is fraught with independence and dependence. A family picnic is the scene of one child's walking experience.

The Arms of the World (02:27)
There are different ways a baby can carry an object in her hand, each representing something unique in the subconscious. A parent's arms preventing the movement of a child come to represent restrictions.

Credits: Perception (01:38)
Credits: Perception

Length: 53 minutes

Copyright Date: 1999





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