There are few moments in life that feel simultaneously like pure joy and utter terror like holding a baby for the first time. Looking into a tiny human’s eyes, marveling at their cuteness, and quaking at the thought of accidentally dropping them can feel very, very surreal when you’ve never done so before. So, what better idea than to turn a camera on people holding a baby for the first time? The good folks at Cut even brought out a slow-motion camera for the experiment, and the results are fantastic.
Some of the subjects look pretty damn uncomfortable when the baby’s first introduced, and things only get better when he’s thrust into their arms in slow-mo. The whole process feels haunting and beautiful and really, really, really funny. Huge props to that baby for putting up with strangers holding him one after the other. Half the time, he even looks fairly content being awkwardly handled and burped. “It feels weird, and part of what feels weird, too, is that he doesn’t seem weirded out at all,” one person remarked. It’s a special moment of adulthood that you only get to experience once, and these people are probably better off for it, even if they’re pretty bad at holding that baby.