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Sarek and Spock, The Final Frontier

Sarek holds a newborn Spock.

An infant or baby was a very young offspring of living beings, such as a Humans, Vulcans, primates, Capellan power-cats. Changelings referred to their infants as "newly formed". (DS9: "The Search, Part II")

While the term fetus applied to an unborn baby, the term newborn – or in some cases hatchling – generally described the first days of a baby's life following birth. Contrary to this, The Doctor stated that the fact that the unborn future-Naomi Wildman was "female, half-Ktarian, as a matter of fact, which should nearly double the infact's gestation period." (VOY: "Fury") Pandronians referred to their infants as egglings. (TAS: "Bem")

McCoy demonstrates to Eleen how to hold a baby

McCoy corrects Eleen

The proper way to hold a newborn baby was to support its back with one arm, and its head with the other hand. Leonard McCoy demonstrated this technique to Spock after he was given Eleen's baby to hold, but the Vulcan preferred not to try it. He also corrected Eleen's hold on the child, then spoke to the child in what James T. Kirk termed "an obscure Earth dialect" (baby talk). (TOS: "Friday's Child")

The term newborn could also be used to refer to anything that was newly formed. In 2285, Kirk referred to the Genesis planet as a newborn planet. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock) In August of 2151, Travis Mayweather joked that the crew complement of twenty-three of the Y-class freighter ECS Fortunate would not count newborn babies. (ENT: "Fortunate Son")

Characteristics Edit

Infants were known for being squirmy and easily controlled. (TNG: "True Q"; TAS: "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth")

Spock compared the experience of his telepathic contact with the Lactrans as having learned "about as much as a mother learns from a six-month-old infant" (TAS: "The Eye of the Beholder")

Deanna Troi compared the newly formed emergent lifeform aboard the USS Enterprise-D to an infant, "acting on impulse, trying to figure itself out as it goes. The only source of experience it can draw on is ours through." (TNG: "Emergence")

Development Edit

Sarah April and young Spock overlook the infantile Arex, Uhura, Kirk and Sulu

An infantile Arex, Uhura, Kirk and Sulu.

On the negative universe planet Arret, where time flowed in reverse, an individual was born at an old age and died in infancy. Following their experience in that universe, the crew of the USS Enterprise began to reverse in age, with much of the crew reaching infancy. (TAS: "The Counter-Clock Incident")

Due to being genetically engineered, Jem'Hadar passed through infancy in a matter of hours. In most other respects, Jem'Hadar infants had the same limited abilities found in infants of other races. (DS9: "The Abandoned")

The future Borg drone, named One, also developed at an advanced rate, growing from infant to adult in the period of one day. (VOY: "Drone")

According to Tuvok, Vulcans used a device called a pleenok "to train their infants in primary logic." (VOY: "Human Error")

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