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Infants may be unusually small for two reasons. Some are of low birth weight because they are young. That is, they have less than the average forty-week gestational tenure in" the womb and are small only because they have had less time to grow. " Often these infants are quite healthy; they are simply small, and they eventually catch up to infants who are not of low birth weight. Of course, in the case of infants born extraordinarily early (before twentyseven to twenty-eight weeks), su rvival can be touch and go.

For example, boys may achieve some of these milestones at different ages than girls; blacks tend to be slightly more precocious than whites in some skills; fat and thin children may reach certain levels at different ages. The age norms may also depend on the child's nationality. Research reported by Dr. Colin B. Hindley at the University of London turned up the odd fact that children in Brussels and Stockholm walked about one month earlier, and were more advanced in other aspects of motor development, than children in Paris, London, and Zurich.

When infants are quietly PREPARATION FOR LOVE AND ATTACHMENT 51 resting, even lightly sleeping, and are then moved into the sunlight for a moment, they may tighten their eyelids and fuss in the light, relaxing again when they are returned to the shadows. Clarity. It is one thing to detect light, especially bright light; it is another thing to see pattern and form. How clearly can newborns see objects in their environment-their caregivers, for example? Normal seeing adults are said to have 20/20 vision.

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