Why can’t we remember what happened to us when we were babies?

There are many faculties of the mind which we come to possess only as our brain grows older and gets more exercise, and memory is one of those. We can remember things by exercising that part of the brain only which has to do with memory. When we are still babies there has not been time for that faculty to develop, although it grows much earlier in some children than in others.

Besides, the things happening to us when we are babies are all of much the same degree of importance to us. We do not understand what the big things in our life are, and what are not. Therefore, one thing makes about as much impression upon us as another. Memory depends largely upon the impression made at the time of the incident, and it is only when the mind is sufficiently developed to judge the importance of things that memory becomes a well-marked faculty.

Additional reading:
Memory (Wikipedia)

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