Depends on who you ask?
Seriously, scientists have done studies to find factors that make something or someone (like babies) cute.
Generally, if someone exhibits extreme youth, vulnerability, harmlessness and need, well, they are considered ‘cute’ – human beings, in the Darwinian sense, are wired to attend to these needs to ensure the survival of our species (think of how helpless our babies are).
Visual cues are equally important. Scientists have found that bright forward facing eyes set low on a big round face, a pair of big round ears, floppy limbs and a side-to-side, teeter-totter gait, among many others give the impression of cuteness to others.
When we look at the anatomy of a baby, babies have unusually large heads as humans have unnaturally large brains. This head continues to grow throughout the first months of their lives. To accommodate the development of the head, the skull and bone structure of the head remain flexible. If you observe the eyes and ears, they are located far down the face and skull as they only move upwards once the development of the cheeks and jaws begin.
Another salient feature are their eyes. They are forward-facing. Now, if you look at many Disney characters, characters such as ducks and mice have forward-facing eyes when in actual fact, their eyes are on the sides of their heads.
Baby movements are also clumsy and jerky (read ‘cute’) as they are still learning to coordinate their body.
Contributed by Zulkifli Amin
Angier, N. (2006, Jan 03). The cute factor. New York Times. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/433272047?accountid=12691