Statement Women of the World
See babies as you've never seen them before. Beautifully shot, heart-warming and scientifically revealing, Secret Life of Babies offers a fresh perspective on baby development with stunning timelapse footage and amazing facts.
Babies have a natural reflex that stops them from breathing through their nose when submerged under water.
The first two years are the most important of a human’s entire life. We grow more, learn more, move more and even fight more than at any other time in our life. It’s when we learn to walk, talk and socialize.
Featuring babies of all shapes and sizes, Secret Life of Babies discovers how a baby’s rapidly changing body affects its behaviour and also meets the miracle babies who have survived against all the odds.
New filming techniques offer a fresh perspective on baby development, starting with newborns and moving through their growth as they become toddlers. Babies have more bones in their body at birth than an adult does, yet they don’t have kneecaps. They laugh 300 times a day, but in the first few months can’t produce tears.
Most impressively, babies are able to breathe and drink at the same time, and recognize every sound produced in every language of the world. Babies' brains can even hear and learn while fast asleep.
It’s a truly remarkable period of change, and yet we remember none of it. We’re too busy developing our brains to form any long-term memories. And it’s only in the last few years that scientists have begun to truly unlock what’s going on.
Using this new research, Secret Life of Babies reveals what happens to us all and what it’s like to be a baby from their perspective.
The documentary also shows how impressive babies are through some truly powerful and inspiring personal stories.
The baby who survived being blown off a pier in his stroller, trapping him under freezing water for ten minutes; the twins who have learnt to talk in sign language at just two years old; and the baby whose brain is starting to rewire itself, despite the fact that half his brain was removed to stop seizures when he was just a few months old.
The Secret Life of Babies is produced and directed by Barny Revill. An Oxford Scientific Films production for ITV.