Monthly Archives: March 2014

Baby Video

The Mirror Test

There’s a famous developmental milestone called “The Mirror Test,” which is the moment when a child realizes that the person staring back at them from the mirror is themselves. In the animal kingdom, only the Great Apes, dolphins, orcas, elephants and European magpies can pass the mirror test. In humans, it usually happens around 18 months.  (If you’re wondering what an elephant passing the mirror test looks like, it looks awesome.)

For months, Talvi has been peeking around behind the mirror to figure out where the person she sees is hiding. But in the last few days, something has definitely changed. All of a sudden, she knows something weird is going on. I don’t think she knows quite what it is yet, but something isn’t right.


Later, she kept putting her fingers up to the mirror and watching them get closer in real life and get closer in the mirror. I’ll try to get that on video soon, because it’s pretty amazing to watch her mind work.

Baby Video


Some kids are put off by loud noises. Our wild child is not one of those kids.