We all know babies work out pretty quickly how to get what they want, but new research shows it’s not all about perfecting the cry when it comes to getting mum or dad to do their bidding.
Science has proven babies use their cute factor to survive and thrive, well now European researchers have found babies know what they can and can’t do on their own, and are aware when they need to bring in reinforcements.
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands divided 20 eight-month-olds into two rooms – one where their parents were present and the other where the infants were left alone.
Toys were placed various distances away from each baby.
The results showed babies are more likely to grab for toys well out of their reach when their parents are in the room.
“Many babies that sat there and did not even attempt to grasp ‘unreachable’ objects when they were alone tried really hard to get them when their parent was sitting by them,” study author and psychological scientist Verónica Ramenzoni told The Bump.
A second study got the same result when researchers, instead of parents, were in the room.
“Our findings show that infants plan their actions in regards not only to what they can do but also to what the social world around them can do for them,” Ms Ramenzoni says.
The findings show well before they develop the ability to communicate by pointing, babies use other actions to tell us what they want us to do for them.