Babies: how mature are they?

"Just as adults need time to reflect without distraction, so do babies."

There are almost as many books about raising children, it seems, as there are cookbooks. These books analyze the stages of children's growth, their psychological development, and their behaviors.

So where does a conscientious parent begin to find the best guidance? For my husband and me, a good place to start was with another question: What are these little beings that join our families and appear to be so helpless? Are they mainly tiny biological wonders, as the conversation that surrounds pregnancy, infancy, and child raising would seem to reinforce?

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