Now this is something we can get on board with!
Cuddling your baby early and often has HUGE benefits, reveals a study published in Current Biology.
The Power Of A Mother’s Touch
Researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, studied 125 babies – both premature and full term – and observed how babies responded to their mum and dad’s touch.
Experts found that those who had close contact – even premature babies that received a gentle touch – had a stronger response than those who didn’t receive much contact.
“Our findings add to our understanding that more exposure to these types of supportive touch can actually impact how the brain processes touch, a sense necessary for learning and social-emotional connections,” lead study author Dr. Nathalie Maitre tells Reuters.
“Gentle touch, especially skin on skin, is just one of the most important things parents can do for their babies,” Dr. Maitre also tells Babble.
Cuddles Make Children Happier
These findings come after new research from Notre Dame Psychologist Darcia Narvaez found that little ones, who were cuddled by their parents, were less likely to suffer from mental illness later on in life.
Of the 600 adults who were examined, those who were cuddled as bubs tended to grow up with less anxiety and have better mental health overall.
The study, which was published in the journal Applied Developmental Science, has ended the age-old debate that you can ‘spoil’ your baby by picking them up when they cry.
“What parents do in those early months and years are really affecting the way the brain is going to grow the rest of their lives, so lots of holding, touching and rocking, that is what babies expect,” says Darcia.
“They grow better that way. And keep them calm, because all sorts of systems are establishing the way they are going to work.
“If you let them cry a lot, those systems are going to be easily triggered into stress. We can see that in adulthood, that people that are not cared for well, tend to be more stress reactive and they have a hard time self calming.”
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