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Why Can't You Remember Being a Baby?

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You're pretty sure being a baby was awesome, but why can't you actually remember any of it? Hosted by: Michael Aranda ---------- Support SciShow by becoming a patron on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scishow ---------- Dooblydoo thanks go to the following Patreon supporters -- we couldn't make SciShow without them! Shout out to Justin Ove, Accalia Elementia, Kathy & Tim Philip, Kevin Bealer, Justin Lentz, Fatima Iqbal, Linnea Boyev, Tomasz Jonarski, Chris Peters, Philippe von Bergen, Will and Sonja Marple, and Mark Terrio-Cameron. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Instagram: http://instagram.com/thescishow ---------- Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26... http://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/directo... https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/... http://mentalfloss.com/article/12330/... http://www.npr.org/sections/health-sh... http://science.sciencemag.org/content...
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Touchsky (16 days ago)
I remember being zygote
ɮօʊռċɛ օʄʄ (1 month ago)
I remember every animated movie I watched since I was 2
Ainiewainy (1 month ago)
I can't remember anything from 3-11 either. Haven't for a long while now, currently 25. It bothers me a lot!
Marisa Faith (1 month ago)
I remember being 2 really people can😐
david floyd (1 month ago)
Hell I can't remember what happened this morning...
Suzanne 6 (1 month ago)
I was hospitalized for almost half of a year whenever I was two due to complications from pneumonia. My lung required a drain tube and for some reason, they didn’t or couldn’t use any sort of anesthesia. My parents didn’t fill me in on the situation because the doctor just decided that they should have me turn my head and then perform the procedure without me anticipating it so that I would remain still. I remember being chilled to the bone and I didn’t know why they wanted to lift my hospital gown. It was a children’s ward and there was a picture of Alf painted on the walls (it was the 80s). My dad pointed and exclaimed, “Hey, look over there! It’s Alf!” “Where?!” I replied. ~Stab!~ (Commence blood-curdling scream) I remember being really upset that my sock was splattered with blood and crying about it. I guess it was just a toddler’s way of dealing with that sort of trauma. From that point forward I could never look at anything Alf-related without feeling anxious and a bit queasy. I got so ill during that time that I had to relearn how to walk, so my parents got me a little red wagon to pull me around in. I remember being grumpy because I was just so sick and tired from everything and I got mad when my twin sister was sitting in the wagon with me. She remembers me being a little turd to her, too, and she can confirm many other memories as well.
AngelAnimation (1 month ago)
99% are here to claim they remember being baby's 1% are here to learn things about things
Akhil Gosai (1 month ago)
Harry Potter
Francis Richard (1 month ago)
I remember my very first birthday party . My dad came home from work with a chocolate donut with sprinkles for me and everyone else in my family had chocolate cake . Another memory was when I was around 8or9 and my brother had to get stiches in his knee .
Syed Sammer Haider (1 month ago)
1:34 Think new cells as new SD card... You get rid of old full ones and get new one... But just like in computers mind rar some old files and store it in the new SD cards for later use but useless memories are formated to free up some space.
avalanche (2 months ago)
This guy I know swears he remembers when he was in the crib.
Katherine :3 (2 months ago)
I remember stuff from when I was 2 and half to now, and even tho I told my parents with evidence of things that happened they still don't believe me
Anonymous Channel (2 months ago)
I can’t remember my infant days when I was 3. Even now. All I know is black then when I opened my eyes I’m in a bed. I’m 3 at that time. Now I still can’t figure out why. I don’t even remember why I’m in that bed !
ashtyn (2 months ago)
I can remember things when I was like 3
Mike And The 21 Century (2 months ago)
I'm 16 the weird thing is that I can remember like 10 to 20 second events when i was still in a crib
Mike And The 21 Century (2 months ago)
I can still remember running around and getting hit with I bike when I was I think 4
Mike And The 21 Century (2 months ago)
I can even recall some smells which leads me to a question why do children smell sweeter things in the air and then you grow and its just gone
Mimi Slg035 (2 months ago)
I can still remember when i was 2
Jacob Spoloshion (2 months ago)
I can remember some of it because I do
I have a few memories as a baby
Anonymatrix (2 months ago)
Remember everything 3 on up
Mena Beshai (2 months ago)
My memory goings as far back as very late 3 or early 4 years old. I do for some reason remember before my memory started. Complete darkness (void) for a split second but felt like it was 100 years that when by that fast. Then my memory started. I thank photographic memory and autism for my memory.
Klance Mcclain (2 months ago)
I lost every memory of my past when I was 4. It was so bad i didn't even remember what happened that morning. I forgot my entire past. I cannot remember anything before 4 year's old.
The Red Sterling Mc'Bae (2 months ago)
I remember my 3rd birthday party... and I remember faintly being 2.
Random Person (2 months ago)
I can remember when i was little i went outside btw i could walk by then i was probably 4 or 5 years old i went out of the house all the way to the curb on the corner of a street and there were about 5 police cars at the curb of the street i can still remember look up a police man and just running back to the house as fast as i can and the police mens asked is this your kid to my mom my mom replied with a nod to the police mans and the look upon her face a worry or scared face and i can still remember a bit of my pre-k schools i was play with a toy firetruck with a woman who i think as my teacher back then and i can also remember when i was 7 years old this blue mustang was park by this tree and all of a sudden the engine of the car exploded but it was a small explosion btw part of the tree was caught on fire it burned all the leafs off as i speak of that the part where the tree was burned is still there today and my first birthday that i could remember was when i was 6 years old good old memories. Really long comment
The Ooga Booga King (2 months ago)
Can u explain having bad or goom memory?
ayo0130 (2 months ago)
I think i remember my 7th birthday..it was m&ms cake which was odd to me but it was good....lol
Potato Potato (3 months ago)
the only memory i have when i was younger than 3 was finding out a way of getting out of my crib by reaching and getting a chair through the wooden panels of the crib. Oh, and when me and my brother flicked yellow paint around and i cried because it got on a tassel that i was particularly attached to. But that's it.
OjaioFansub (3 months ago)
I do remmber just one thing, I was on a baby carrier in a beach
Julie Anne Harrison (3 months ago)
I wonder if my baby brain was as weird as my adult brain.
macsnafu (3 months ago)
Meh, my earliest memories are when I was 3. Before that, zppft!
Tsunayoshi Sawada (3 months ago)
I honestly can't even remember yesterday....😧
MidnightWonko (3 months ago)
I actually recall a bit of a memory of myself standing up in a playpen and crying. The emotion I have attached to that memory is that I did NOT want to be in that playpen! I also remember an orange carpet. When I told my parents about this fragmented memory, they told me that I was around one year old when that happened, based on the fact that I told them that there was an orange carpet, and that I lived in such a house when I was one year old. I guess that's like the one memory that never got pushed out or erased, but it's such a tiny bit of time.
Aidan S (3 months ago)
I honestly don't think I've ever been able to remember my early life. Cause I do remember waking up one morning and not remembering anything that happened before that when I was 4 or 5. I knew my name and stuff but I couldn't pinpoint the last time I heard it. The only reason I remember that memory is because I tried really hard to remember something from an earlier day. Any earlier day. And I couldn't. Now I only remember that morning and forgot the rest of the day. But it must have been so interesting to me that I didn't want to forget it.
Yoni Wylder (4 months ago)
I legit can remenber being in my stroller and carseat
Its weird how 4 year olds don't remember anything 2 years ago
Kawaii Universe (4 months ago)
I remember when I was on a plane crawling around as a baby. And being pushed in a stroller (I'm a teen)
theduke ofweasels (4 months ago)
I"m 32 and I swear I do have some fragmented memories of being a baby! They are vague and I know it's easy to imagine false memories but I have fact-checked with my family and everything I've remembered has been true! according to my mom I was 6 months old at my strongest early memory.
Blan Morrison (4 months ago)
There's no disease where infant neuron production is slowed down in the hippocampus? That seems weird. It'd be really cool to talk to someone who remembers that stuff.
crazychigurl2 (4 months ago)
My earliest memories occurred when I was in preschool aged 3-4. I remember being extremely shy during those days. One time, my preschool teacher made me share an orange with another child. But.. it’s weird because I view all of my memories as being an onlooker to the situation. I don’t place myself in my childhood body, if that makes sense.
M4SK1R0VK4 (4 months ago)
So, the saved states of your childhood become incompatible when your brain upgrades. Interesante...
Alannazgamez (4 months ago)
I can vaguely remember staring at a wall then shitting in my diaper climbing on a chair then screaming and kicking when my mom tried to change me i think i was 1 or 2
I want to die (4 months ago)
I remember almost nothing before 9 yrs. The one thing I do remember is what my room looked like and how I would cry every night in my little bed until my dad put spongebob back on
TheGr1mm R3aper (4 months ago)
There was one day in my life were i " woke up" before that i had no memory i was speaking eating by my self and going to the toilet but i don't remember before that even the DAY that happend i coildent remeber a thing I also have great memory Edit: this happend when i was 5
Pink Grace (4 months ago)
At best I can remember from my 2nd birthday. Just like a dream through nothing else significant happened in months later being 3. I believe we don't remember what happened that early should mean nothing super significant happened because I seem to remember more than others of my age in events. I really can't forget how primary was for me it changed who I first went into school. I was really friendly kid and had a very traumatic experience no one can ever comprehend changing my attitude. Nothing bad in family but I had a bad start with a terrible school. Nothing that the staff did besides having a small playground that primary kids only had to play on and you couldn't just sit out. Also I was a bus student before October of me moving somewhere else. I had no friends, set with only one other kid and we're seating the closet to the counter for art and crafts that I always get missed out on to finish. I wanted to make the most of that school. I was smart enough I could've I possibly could've advance to grade 1. If my idea of approach worked out as I thought then and I recall clearly as I experienced it. I could've or if not I could have kept my mind in tacked to do another attempt later. I somehow annoyed my only one other table friend that she exploded in her yell at me. My attempt of advancing to grade one was to show I can cooperate with others and problem solve. We knew the rule that we can't get up and remain seaten. I wanted to finish my arts and crafts project for once and just needed scissors. My table buddy was the closet than everyone since had the closet table to the counter she just had needed two steps and I felt myself analyze the height of counter and she could reach it just fine. I felt I was prepared to get a no, I understood when I asked and thought rationally that I would get either yes or a no. She did say no, or yes. She howlered at me I was annoying she. Granted at the moment I felt clever with my idea I possibly beamed clever energy as I asked and reminded her as SpongeBob or something. I had to tell the teacher right in the second when she came when that happen what I meant to do and I could think of why she responded in that way since I was really minimalist I felt like I was I believe it because it feels like it have been a month ago. Sure when I asked I peaked at something that over stepped. I did nothing to deserve how she. I asked the teacher when she came in why was her response I can't even fudge of what happened. But when she answered me my ear we're ringing when I put my focus on her. I heard of something that something that she was a special needs kid in something. Even though I was five I can remember it perfectly just from what I focused, the feel and what I took along in September. Not what everyday was but I was really aware of myself then. I felt so bad I feared I would trigger her again and be more annoying because the kid shot a nerve in back of my head from a pulse wave it stunned my actions at that moment before having a choice to move to a different school with my parents. Not because they knew what happened but issues with of the apartment my parents rented. I choose to move because to avoid causing more trouble for that girl for what she did made me feel I would be able adjust myself in time before I percieved as a bully that annoys her more. I never was annoying kid I was a lonely friendly kid that struggled with being a bus student and she was the only vocal point. Though I had a chance of checking of what we're moving first before deciding and it would been great for both of us. Cause the atmosphere at my new neighborhood was better and I didn't need the bus anymore cause it wasn't that far. I felt I could've stayed if the place that we stayed wasn't better than what I was leaving. I would problem solve myself to get better. I felt I could and I would've but the moved turned out better and we both would be at ease that she wouldn't get bothered by me anymore. I was more at ease to not having a confining lifestyle that I would have still lived in. I didn't go back from be my previous happy friendly kid. I was more worried that I wouldn't annoy the new class that I moved into. Well m
Kristi Marie (4 months ago)
I have the memory of seeing my little sister in the hospital for the 1st time. I was 3yr and 4months old. I remember it distinctly because I got into an argument with my parents about her age, I insisted she was 1, because I was too young to understand the concept of 0.
GypsyFairy85 (4 months ago)
I can remember being pushed in a stroller and the Irish Setter we had, being in a high chair, and looking up into the darkness and seeing the moonlight coming thru the curtains. My first memory is of my mother, smiling down at me.
Queen PuffPuff (4 months ago)
Lol i still remember one time when i was wearing a diaper and jumping on a couch in an old house i lived in
Mia andrea (4 months ago)
Hey!! I do!!!!
George Zakhia (5 months ago)
One of my most vivid memories as a child: Waking up in a pool of my own vomit.
Bread Man (5 months ago)
I remembered to day I was born when I saw the nurse's and my dad's face. The nurse was pretty! Guys Ik they say you come out sleeping whiles crying...BUT TRUST ME! IK WHAT I SAW!
Bread Man (5 months ago)
Dude I remember some times when I was a baby like that time my dad bought me an ice cream forthe first time and I didn't knew what to do so I just slashed it on ma face and to ice cream fell off the cone and I started to cry😭😭😭😂
vcorr2288 (5 months ago)
I'm 27. I remember elementary school but don't remember being a baby to 4 years old.
Dustin H (5 months ago)
I remember my second birthday. I touched the candle on my cake. Fire=hot maybe created a detailed memory of the day. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
NC Styles (5 months ago)
The earliest memory I can remember was when I was 4. I was coming home from picking up my younger brother that my mom just gave birth to. I remember that day. My father barrow my uncles car and it was raining hard that night. Thunderstorm!
Mabus Beast (5 months ago)
I remember 3rd grade but thats it
Benny Brisenyo (5 months ago)
i was an awesome baby and i remember alluvit. so when i was born- actually i wasnt even born. I just pulled myself out and started flexing. I was a ripped baby. I was also a smart baby. As soon as i was born i went to kindergarden and did gymnastics (because i was also a stretchy baby) Then when i was 1 i discovered rocket ships and i made them. i was also a creative baby. and then when i was 2 i had my 15th birthday. I remember it like it was yesterday. i was also a super remember baby. and every other kind of babytoo
Chris Duke (5 months ago)
Not true. I can remember more than a few moments and things.
I can remember some things from when I was a 1 year old. One vision is that I was eating gum and fell asleep I was sleeping next to my brother in a gigantic bed and everytjing was almost all red the curtains the bed sheets the windows tinted red. I woke up with melted disgusting gum in my mouth and I went to the living room with my mum holding me I think it was my dad that was holding my brother or if it was my mothers ex husband I also remember sitting at a couch eating some bear I think it was beauty and the beast shaped cookies which were frosted it was like a mansion I watched a scene where this guy was kissing a girl or idk if she was passed out. Another memory I have I was about 2 years old was when I was at my babysitters house they always kept the house dim I was potty trained and while I was potty trained I was watching T.V I remember getting cleaned and eating dinner in a highchair.
Virginia Haskins (5 months ago)
i remember when my third birthday!! my cake had a pic of Ernie on it and his nose was a gum ball, i was so jacked cuz i got to eat gum for the first time!! (by-the-way i just turned 37 a few weeks ago)
The Excruciator (5 months ago)
I don't remember anything from before the age of around 5, but I do remember remembering some of those things when I was 8 or so, so I still know a few details by cheat-remembering them :D
Joel Michael Croes (5 months ago)
i actually do remember being a baby
lonely boi (5 months ago)
lmao i remember hearing migos versace in my moms womb
RavenChan (5 months ago)
I only have two memories from before I was three years old, the first one is the time I had bacterial pneumonia at 10 months old. I specifically remember the seizure and my mom putting me into the car. The second one, I don't know exactly how old I was so this could have been before or after three years old, but I remember seeing my mom's car from an aerial view. After three years old though, I have more bits and pieces of memories.
Shamic Entertainment (5 months ago)
I remember when I was a sperm.
Morgan Bennett (5 months ago)
Me either
docki dude (5 months ago)
I am 12 right now i remember one thing when i was 4 years old. good ol' me looking at the mirror is that normal?
Unknown (5 months ago)
I don’t remember what I studied yesterday at school
Eza Tastic (5 months ago)
Imma be original here, i still remember when i used to play FISH.AO (or whatever its called) alot, when i lost my old FB account, when i first played super mario and more
Stephen (5 months ago)
Well that's all good. I still have memories before eight.
Cheesy Nibbles (5 months ago)
the oldest memory of mine is the day before my 3rd birthday. im 8
irrelevant (5 months ago)
...i cant even remember what i had for breakfast
Andy (5 months ago)
I remember being born in a bedroom and I was 3 year old.
seven 73een (5 months ago)
There’re certain weird memories i have and i have no idea if they are real and i remember then from childhood or if i just made them up and took them as real memories.....
I remember
Silver Spectrum (5 months ago)
I am 17 and don't experince this you are wrong
Nexity DM (5 months ago)
I remember my 1st Birthday Lol but not my 2nd
The earliest memories I can clearly think of is playing games on my cousins' wiis and PlayStation 2 when I was around 5-7.
Malachi H (5 months ago)
"Neither can anyone else." Uh, my parents can remember my first birthday party.
みかづきー lเlყ (5 months ago)
I remember...
Cheyenne Judith (5 months ago)
I don’t even remember anything before 10 years old.
John Paul Hansen (5 months ago)
I remember getting hit in the face with a swing when I was 2.
kingashpokemon (5 months ago)
I remember when I was young I would go over to the neighbors house and I would play with her son and I remembered he was playing a game that I really liked. Later on in life I started playing world of warcraft and it struck me that this is the game that I liked to play with my friend when we where kids.
Minni kitti (5 months ago)
I remember my first birthday and I'm 14. I got a princess themed party at my grandparents house and I got a little princess chair and a matching princess couch that folded out to be a little bed. I also remember I could somewhat understand what my siblings and cousins were saying and wanted to talk with them. And when I blew out the candles my grandma forgot to turn the lights back on and my mom was slicing the cake so the lights stayed off the entire time we were eating. I think I only remember so well is because it was the first time EVERYONE in my little world was focusing on me, all at the same time. I was like the queen of the world!
Katie Frost (5 months ago)
This is not true for me
Mason Xavier (5 months ago)
I️ can only remember really important things from other years like winning something but everything else i️ can’t
M. Speaks (5 months ago)
Why do you sound like Hank Green on Crash Course?
black beauty (6 months ago)
I still remember when i went to this monkey business place but wasn’t monkey business and i think i went there when i was four? but that was when i was 12
KTUnicorn 005 (6 months ago)
Well I’m a teen and I can remember going to Disney when I was 2
Z L (6 months ago)
Well I'm the exception and I'm 35😆
I stan legends (6 months ago)
I remember how i was made
Rob Jones (6 months ago)
I remember being a baby and I assumed everyone else also remembered being a baby. How weird that so many people would forget being an infant.
Elior .s (6 months ago)
Am i d only one that can remember my first b-day?
Shiny Shinehorn. (6 months ago)
the only thing i remember is going on a walk, and sleeping on a pile of dirty clothes.
Mountain Wolf (6 months ago)
I have one memory of when I was six months old. I told my mother the whole memory and she was astonished that I recalled that. She then confirmed and explained what I remembered. It was only one memory though. The rest was a wash. I remember very little before my teenage years.
Blue Muffin (6 months ago)
I remember grabbing onto a street sign when I was 4 because I didn't want to go to school
Steven M (6 months ago)
youre parents remember youre first birthday party
Sofia wafflepancakes (6 months ago)
I remember my first birthday,it was at Chuck e cheese's and my mom let Chuck E Cheese carry me and I squeeze the nose of the mask,it was soft cloth and a spongy like material inside the black cloth
I have not had a b day party yet and I'm 13
GoldenTheCat YT (6 months ago)
I'm not a teenager and I don't remember it either. I thought it was because the brain hasn't developed properly
Anthony Michael (6 months ago)
I still remember when i spilled some juice at my dog and cried when i was 2
CC Bomb (6 months ago)
I don't remember being a baby but I do remember sucking on a red and blue ink pen and spitting it out onto my doona because 'it wasn't fizzy'

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