can infants make a decision?

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Yesterday, when preparing Jakob’s lunch to bring to work, I held out 2 cubes of meat to him – a dark cube of beef in my left hand, and a light cube of chicken in my right. I offered him the choice. He reached for my right hand, so I included the chicken with his veggies.

Today I offered him the same choice, but I switched hands. I had the chicken cube in my left hand, and the beef in my right. Jakob was sitting in Yannick’s lap, and I held both cubes an equal distance away from him. He looked up at me, looked at the cubes, and immediately reached for my left hand – the one with the chicken.

Is it possible he’s making a choice? I know he doesn’t understand that one is chicken and one is beef and he might like one taste more than the other…but could he be making a clear choice between the light cube and the dark cube?

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Author: Jennifer Lori

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3 thoughts on “can infants make a decision?

  1. Maybe it’s the color he’s drawn to?

    They obviously know what they eat and how it tastes (and the color), so maybe that’s why!

    There are things that Sean’s not too keen about eating, and he knows by the color, he closes his mouth when I try to feed him those certain items.

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  2. Of course he can make decisions! I remember Emilie having a favourite book when she was about 9-10 months old, and I’d ask her what she wanted to read. This one? This one? She’d whisper No until I got to THE book, then hold her hands out. It was adorable. Maxime doesn’t verbalize his choices yet, but it’s clear when he doesn’t want something! LOL!

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  3. At some level he’s making a choice. From your two days of testing it’s hard to know what is driving that choice, but he definitely is showing a preference. I’m sure he’ll be making lots of choices soon, whether you like it or not. 😉

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