I still don't understand how this will psychologically damage them when they will have no recollection of any of this stuff when their long term memory starts kicking in. It's not like these kids will have terrible nightmares when their older about the shit they did as a two year old.
How common is it to have memories from 2-3 years old as an adult, in all seriousness? I ask, because I've asked my parents about an event, "Hey, remember when. . .?" or "What would this be from?" and they look at me, and say, "Well, that was before your brother was born." We're three years apart. I probably have dozens of memories from this time period.
Now that I'm thinking about it a little more analytically, I can pinpoint two memories that tie directly into fears I had into adulthood, when I finally said, "You're a grown-up, it's ridiculous to be actually scared." They still make me uncomfortable.
1) I remember getting shots, and I remember having a bad reaction to the point where I couldn't move my legs. I recall my mom putting me in a shopping cart after that (and I remember the store), and also going home and being put on a blanket on the floor. Not that anyone likes shots, but I was terrified of needles until I was maybe 21 or 22.
2) When I was a baby, I had significant problems with my teeth. I remember hiding because my mom was trying to give me an orange, funny tasting drink (she confirmed this at one point). It could have just been a child's formulation, I don't know that. I then remember going to the dentist that morning, and sleeping in the car (again, kids just randomly fall asleep). I remember waking up at the dentist building and seeing him, then falling asleep again. I recall the typical dentist chair sounds that are common when watching one of those scenes in a movie. Honestly, to this day, the sound of that equipment sends shivers up my spine.
I don't know. . . I remember meeting the babysitter for the first time, my brother coming home from the hospital, my brother's Baptism, the little resort my folks owned (and a few different stories about them, like my grandma and grandpa being there, and they apparently helped run the place), etc. A bunch of stuff they've never talked about, and they look at me like I'm weird when I ask them about it.