Babies don't remember?

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I have often wished I could remember my babyhood. It seems like such a simple, warm, worry free time. Biggest concerns? Poopy diaper and a fresh sippy. No work stress, no financial woes, no worry about what in tarnation happens to you after you die. And it must be so nice to have someone dress you in your feety pyjamas, comb your hair, delight in your every smile .

But I can't remember anything from my own infancy, and it turns out that babies don't remember.

It's not that babies brains don't form memories, an American research panel said Friday, it's that their rate of forgetting is even faster than that of adults. The explanation is this: the ability to form memries depends on a network of structures in the brain that come together between 6 and 18 months of age. As they come together, memory efficiency increases. At 6 months of age, a baby can remember the last 24 hours of her life. At two years, she can remember events from the last year.

Memory fascinates me, perhaps because mine is so atrociously bad that I sometimes wonder if it's completely subjective. My first memory is petting a gerbil at Mrs. Harley's daycare when I was four, but it's so sketchy I'm not sure I didn't concoct it.

How about you? What is your first childhood memory? I wonder if anyone can remember a moment from infancy.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.