Even minutes after birth, mothers can remember their tiny baby staring up at them or gripping their finger. Incredibly, their social behavior begins and grows before our very eyes.
Babies begin to socialize and interact within hours of birth. Even beginning to mimic facial expressions, and preferring to look at faces over objects.
Social interaction in infants is already a miracle within itself, but according to Scientific American, researchers at the University of Turin and the University of Parma in Italy found that twins and multiples are learning to interact socially while still cozy and snug in the womb of their mother.
Knowing how young infants are when social interaction begins within minutes of birth, when the researchers started studying the twins, they were astounded. At as early as 14 weeks gestation the babies were intentionally interacting with each other.
As the babies grew, they began to touch and feel their "womb-mate" even more so than themselves. Knowingly being delicate around sensitive parts of one another's faces and bodies, like eyes.
We all know, or seem to assume, that twins have always had a special bond, and with this new study it's hard to think any differently. Demonstrating that these tiny babies, even at only 14 weeks along, merely the size of a lemon, are already developing social skills with their brothers or sisters is nothing less than a miracle.