Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Preferences of Babies

As we all know, every living being has its own preferences of food, colors, inhabitance, etc., and these keep on changing all along with the age of every creature. These may vary in numerable ways. Even a preference disliked by a person may find itself very much liked by another one. But if we consider babies of human beings as a single class, say up to five years of age, some very interesting and distinctive features are there, which one can find commonly all over the world.

First let us try to make a list of liking of these babies:

Mother
Toys
Eatables
Other babies
To do things which are prohibited
Expression
Inclusion
Going outside
Story listening
Company
Colorful articles

Mother

Mother is obviously the most important thing in the world for all the babies. However science predicts the reason of attraction in babies towards their mother as mother's feed. But some inexplicable reasons may also be there for that type of attraction. The position of a father comes to a next to a mother. From the very beginning the baby is attached to the mother by way of breast feeding; whereas, the father is no way near the scene for at least one odd year.

Toys

Almost all babies like toys. The reason behind this tendency is that whatever they see around them comes in front of them in a miniature form which they can accommodate in their minds more comfortably. Moreover the attractive colors, sounds, activities and reach provided by the toys adds to the taste of babies.

Eatables

The attraction towards eatables has more to do with their variety rather than the quantity. Usually the little ones want more and more different types of eatables. They get fed up very soon if offered with the same type of eatables every day. For example if we place different kinds of sweets, fruits, bakery items and soft drinks in front of them, more often than not, the babies would like to have a taste of each and every item instead of having the taste of a single item only. Likewise if we give chocolates of same kind every day the babies would not have the same liking after five or six days. One more aspect associated with eatables is that whatever is eaten by the elders the babies also want to have a bit of that no matters whether they are hungry or not. And so it is clear that the factors like thirst and hunger do not have the only impact on their attraction towards eatables.

Other babies

When a baby is in the company of other babies, it feels more joyful as compared to the company of the elder ones. The way of communication among them is quite interesting. Let them be alone for a while and try to watch them from a distant place, and you will surely experience that they are able to make a world of their own.

To do things which are prohibited

'Jony Jony yes papa' is a very famous poem. He eats sugar and tells a lie before his father. The parents usually prevent the children from eating much of sugar but the children do so in the absence of their parents. So is the case with other things and habits. It is often suggested that if you are unable to open the lid of a jar then you can do so by asking a baby not to touch the jar.

Expression

This liking is in fact common among all the living beings. But among babies it is more prominent. In a family, a baby likes to give most importance to its expression, especially when in front of its parents. For example, frequent crying, laughing, loudly speaking, running here and there, trying to climb up, doing acrobats, etc. All this he does to attract the attention of the persons around him.

Inclusion

Babies have a preference of inclusion in every matter be it important or unimportant while the elders talk with each other, the babies wish to be an integral part of that talk. If they weep babies would be weeping. However, this taste can be used to impart good habits among the children. For example, if you clean your clothes, babies would follow you. Similarly you do dusting of articles; the babies would like to participate.

Going outside

Well, this predilection develops among babies while they start walking on their own legs. This tendency has its origin from the habit of not liking the same atmosphere for too long. Since outside the home, in the streets or in the market, the atmosphere keeps on changing every now and then, while inside the house the process is rather slow. So looking for a new atmosphere is the reason that prompts the babies to go outside.

Story listening

This can enhance the thinking power or the power of imagination among babies, which is very essential in their intellectual development. Stories full of wonder, magic, surprises, suspense, tragedy, drama etc. are listened to with so much of interest by them. They feel themselves completely in a different world where things are unimaginable, unexpected and unprecedented. But on the same hand, if the story does not contain these factors, then the children may get bold. And on the same lines, this taste can be used to develop inspiration and human values of various kinds in them.

Company

Generally the children wish to be with someone or else. Take it for granted that the babies can be left alone while they are sleeping. Their company may differ at different times. For example they want the company of their mother while going to bed, the company of other babies while playing, the company of father or any other male member in the family while going outside and also sometimes the company of their own toys.

Colorful articles

Toys, sweets, fruits, dresses, chocolates are some of the articles, which are liked more, as these are bright and colorful. Even holding a pen in its hand a baby would like to draw lines of different colors in a zigzag way on the paper. It is observed that babies like bright colors and not dull colors. One can easily say a baby playing with different types of dolls and dressing them with various colored frocks and other garments.

Apart from the above mentioned tastes, some babies may have some more preferences but more or less these are found virtually in every corner of this world and, thus, suggesting that mankind has basically similar sort of habits at the very initial stages of life.

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