I don’t know about you, but when I was pregnant with my first baby I studied the truth behind all sorts of old wives tales in the hope of giving bub the best possible start to life. As a result of this research I played classical
Once a baby is born they are often swiftly placed on their mum’s or caregiver’s chest. We all know that the common reason for this is to allow a bond to establish between bub and mum. It has long been wondered whether this contact could also provide a good foundation for successful breastfeeding. A study conducted by Cochrane confirmed that this initial contact does, indeed, help promote better breastfeeding practices, as well as help for a smoother transition into the world for baby. But this initial contact could also be helping to make
Once your baby was born, how often were you advised not to coddle them too much? I know I had good meaning friends and family telling me not to cuddle bub to sleep for fear of them getting too accustomed to
Now for that explanation:
Reuters Health has recently released the results of a study about how touch can shape a baby’s brain development. The study confirmed that non-essential touching – that is cuddling bub just for the sake of it, as opposed to holding for just feeding or changing - can help shape how a baby’s brain responds to social and emotional connections. Further, the study showed that gentle touches to a newborn baby may help develop their cognitive functions as well as aid in the development of communication and behaviour.
The long-term study found that the babies who had
So all-in-all what you can take away from this is the peace of mind when you choose to ignore nosy Aunt Edna when she tells you to not cuddle your baby so much!
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Moore, E.R., Bergman, N. Anderson, GC. & Medley, N. (2016). Early skin-to-skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants. [online]
Rapaport, L. (2016). How Touch can Shape Babies’ Brain Development. [online]
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