Babies’ cuteness is key to their survival. Cute babies are just extremely hard to ignore, and this is likely hardwired into human brains. Less cute children are treated differently.

Babies’ cuteness is key to their survival. What happens when they’re not that cute?

Adapted from Ugly Renaissance Babies

Babies’ cuteness is a powerful force to be reckoned with. It melts adult hearts, ensuring babies a steady source of food and protection until they mature to an age when they’re slightly less vulnerable.

What is it about babies that makes them so cute? It’s their eyes, which are huge relative to their faces (eyeballs don’t grow all that much after birth); their heads, which are too big for their bodies; their cheeks; and their tiny chins that get adults to fixate on them.

Scientists say these traits activate an instinctual attention in adults. Brain scan studies have found evidence of an immediate reaction to babies in parents and non-parents alike in the orbitofrontal cortex, a region of the … Continue Reading (3 minute read)

9 thoughts on “Babies’ cuteness is key to their survival. Cute babies are just extremely hard to ignore, and this is likely hardwired into human brains. Less cute children are treated differently.”

  1. mordeci00

    There are trade offs. Us ugly babies are much less likely to be kidnapped.

  2. phillyunhipstered

    There’s a saying in my native language that roughly translates to: ugly babies walk sooner, since they’re not picked up as much

  3. jones_ro

    It’s the Parent Trap. By the time they’re no longer cute, you’re committed to the little buggers.

  4. radical__centrism

    Yeah if babies came out proportioned like adults with tiny heads and eyes I don’t think parents would naturally connect with them as much on an emotional level.

  5. magnament

    Why do I think most babies are ugly as hell then?

  6. kristian_kk210

    Not the newborn, surely. They all look like ass.

  7. NightOwl_82

    I guess that’s the same with adults, attractive people are treated differently also

  8. DocTopping

    My dad threw me like a nerf football when i was 1 and my mom caught me for a sick 38 yard touch down and spiked me, it cause serious birth defects, to this day I’m a Jacksonville Jags fan.

  9. heavy_deez

    It’s true – I was an ugly little bastard and my parents used me as a doorstop and to fix wobbly chairs with uneven legs.

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