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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Babies is a docuseries that explores the science of infant growth and development during the first year of life. It documents 15 babies from just after birth to their first birthdays. Babies are shown participating in the (harmless) experimentation process, and vaccinations are sometimes administered on camera. Interviews with scientists are frequent, but the academic discussions are broken down into reasonably understandable conversations for interested audiences.
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What's the Story?
BABIES is a docuseries that explores the science behind the growth and development of babies from birth until the age of one. With the help of 36 scientists and 15 babies from around the world, it explores some of the biology, behavioral psychology, and other academic approaches being used to understand how and why babies evolve the way they do. From the role of the natural oxytocin hormone to help parents bond with their babies to understanding how children process language, Babies combines footage of scientific experimentation, home observations, interviews, and adorable infants to help shed light on the process.
Is It Any Good?
This series offers an informative look at how and why infants develop the way they do in their first year of life. While there's lots of baby footage to give it context, most of the six-part series is dedicated to discussing the science behind what they experience and why. But these images aren't intended to be cute and cuddly, and while these babies are shown interacting with their mothers and fathers, the parents' personal observations aren't really part of the conversation. It's more clinical than cuddly, so those tuning in for some warm "feel good" moments will be disappointed. But if you're a parent or are interested in child development, Babies is worth the watch.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Babies approaches the subject of child development. Why does it rely more on academic science than the observations of parents and caregivers to explain what goes on during a baby's first year of life?
What do babies learn from the moment they are born? How do these lessons impact how they look at the world later?
Should infants and toddlers be exposed to media? How does early exposure to media impact child development?
- Premiere date: February 21, 2020
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Reality TV
- Topics: Science and Nature
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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