Good news for every parent who has been told they are going to “spoil that baby!” by holding them all the time. Turns out your mom and annoying neighbor were both wrong – you can’t spoil your baby by holding them too much.
A recent study shows that touch is actually vital to brain development.
The study was performed in a hospital in Ohio, where researchers observed over 100 babies, both preemies, and full-term infants, to see how the responded to touch. They discovered that babies who received supportive touch (including skin-to-skin contact) are associated with stronger brain responses.
These responses in the brain are vital to creating a ‘scaffolding’ for later development.
The Fourth Trimester
This research supports the idea of the “fourth trimester” (and yes, the name makes no sense), which is a developmental period lasting for the first three months after birth. During this time, the baby is adjusting to the world outside and may seem extremely needy.
Moral of the story – cuddle that baby. It is good for their brain.
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