Babies and emotional intelligence I've often wondered what emotions pre-verbal babies feel when being transitioned from their birth parents to an adoptive family. I've wondered if young adoptees feel anything, or even know what's going on during trauma. This video makes me think that not only do babies feel, but they are emotional sponges, feeling all that is around them. I'm glad this little child is feeling joyous emotions and crying tears of passion at the mother's voice. If only every child's first felt emotions were positive, too.