A man washes his hands in a giant basin. A woman has trouble reaching the toilet roll while sitting on a huge toilet. Welcome to the World of Babies, a British exhibition with a difference. It looks like childish good fun, but there is a serious point: babies experience a fast learning curve, and it is not easy.
Psychologist Annette Karmiloff-Smith said: “Children learn more in the early years than they ever will later on, because everything is new, every experience is new. You have to learn to recognise some things by sight, by touch, by sound, and put that all together.”
“It taught me to actually slow down a bit and try to see things from my child’s perspective rather than what I want to do,” said one parent attending the exhibition. “Particularly, I think I need to be more patient and need to think of what they’re going through, rather than what I want to do.” The World of Babies opened in Newcastle and will tour other major cities in Britain.