STUDY PROVES THAT CUDDLING BABIES EARLY / OFTEN HAS great BENEFITS
Did you know that a new study proves cuddling babies is more than just a way to show affection? Physical touch and skin on skin contact is actually a vital part of caring for babies in the early days. Preemies who experience nurturing touch and skin to skin contact develop a stronger response to touch. Many researchers today are referring to skin on skin contact as “intentional supportive touch” and an essential part of development. According to lead study author Dr. Nathalie Maitre “gentle touch, especially skin-on-skin, is one of the most important things parents can do for their babies.” Not only is cuddling crucial for developing brains, it’s a building block of communication in early infancy and can yield long-lasting, positive effects such as:
- Improved neurodevelopment,
- Higher IQ,
- Decreased rates of aggression,
- Increased breast-feeding success.
- Make certain medical procedures less painful for infants
So the next time someone accuses you of holding your baby too much, just remember, you are benefiting your child and their future!