The Connected Baby: a film conversation — an exclusive streaming event

the connected baby: a film conversation

an exclusive streaming event

What is the connected baby?  “Babies arrive already connected to other people. That’s what a range of sciences is now telling us: that they have brains already tuned in to other people’s body rhythms and vocal tones and movements. It makes them much more communicative and sophisticated than we often realise. In fact, it turns out that their very brain pathways are shaped by the kinds of responses that they receive from other people. “So, to build the kind of society that we all want, we need to pay more attention to the way that we relate to our youngest children. I guess you could say that science is helping us to understand why it is that the way we love our children matters so much.”

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk

For the first time ever, the connected baby: a film conversation by Suzanne Zeedyk and Jonathan Robertson is available to view online–right here on Please enjoy and share this exclusive airing Feb 28th through Mar 1st. For a copy of the film on DVD please visit Discover more about the film in this blog post by Mothering founder Peggy O’Mara. 

The film is no longer available to stream through For a copy of the DVD please visit

Film Stills


About the Film

the connected baby is structured in six chapters: an introduction and five dances –

the dance of connection, the dance of the nappy, the dance of the air, the dance of the big sister, the dance of the mirror. Each dance observes and analyses the interaction between baby and parent, sibling or grandmother in a familiar domestic situation, in order to highlight the extraordinary abilities of the young baby to communicate and enter into conversation with a partner.

On the DVD each dance is accessible independently of the others, enabling its use as a focus for discussion groups, lectures, workshops, or training.

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About the Creators

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee, where she has been based since 1993. Her research expertise focuses on the early communicative interactions of parents and infants. In recent years, this has extended to the study of interventions for communicative disorders such as autism, sensory impairment, and dementia.




Jonathan Robertson is an independent film maker based in Fife, Scotland, having previously taught Photography and History & Theory of Art at the University of Dundee. He has made photographic and film studies about a range of subjects in France and Thailand, many of which fall into the category of material culture. His collaboration with Suzanne began in 2008, when they were awarded a public engagement grant by The British Psychological Society to make a film about her research.



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Melanie Mayo-Laakso


Melanie Mayo-Laakso is the Content Manager for Mothering is the birthplace of natural family living and attachment parenting. We celebrate the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and are at once fierce advocates for children and gentle supporters of parents.

4 thoughts on “The Connected Baby: a film conversation — an exclusive streaming event”

  1. I wanted this to be a good film. I really did. But I can’t stand watching this anymore. Of course babies communicate but this film is making a mountain out of a mole him.

  2. Thank you for sharing this with us. I was happy to watch it and grateful that there are other people out there who acknowledge the sophistication of babies. I did find the presentation to be a bit slow and bland, however, and for the viewer who is not already “into” this topic, it might not draw them in and spread the message.

  3. May I respectfully request you consider making sure mobile streaming is possible for all hosted videos in the future. I would love to watch this but don’t spend much time in front of a computer these days. Thank you.

  4. As someone who teaches expectant parents, I have a very different review of this film. I think it’s superb. For those who haven’t made the leap to parenthood yet, are terrified, who have yet to fall in love with their child and who think diaper changing is something that must be endured – it’s just perfect.

    Thank you.

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