Cuddling with your infant is the best, and not just because of your infant’s soft skin and sweet smell, but also because of how beneficial it is for bonding, growth and development.
And much like how snuggling, talking and playing with your little one — things you'll love doing anyway — do wonders for stimulating your child intellectually, it can also help you learn important cues and habits.
Keeping your baby close can help you start to understand his hunger and comfort cues and this can be beneficial to his health and well-being.
But how? Let's take a closer look at a few science-backed benefits of bonding with your little one.
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Research has also shown that kangaroo care — carrying babies and maintaining close body-to-body contact — is an effective way to successfully increase exclusive breastfeeding.
“During this critical time your baby’s brain is building hundreds of thousands of neural connections per day—faster than any other time in life.”
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During the first year of life your baby is soaking in all the sounds and sights that surround them to help develop language and conversation skills as they grow. During this critical time your baby’s brain is building hundreds of thousands of neural connections per day—faster than any other time in life—setting the stage for learning, memory and cognition for the rest of their lives.
The importance of talking and stimulating your baby regularly cannot be overstated. The images and words your baby sees and hears creates opportunities for developing mental connections. In fact, research from northwestern university shows that exposure to human speech within the first year of life encourages far more than just language development. It also promotes learning, social skills and far-reaching cognitive development.
Finally, support your baby with reinforcement, encouragement and positive communication, every step of the way. This, combined with bonding, will help the relationship between you and your little one grow over the years to come.