5 Ways Your Touch Improves Your Baby’s Development

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In this day and age, more and more parents are ditching old school ways of parenting and investing more time and effort in practicing something that’s been around for a pretty long time: attachment parenting.

What does it mean when you practice attachment parenting? From the key word attachment, it literally means being around more and allowing the baby cling to mom for longer periods of time, even when the baby is not crying or demanding for anything.

Older generations usually raise their eyebrows at this, but many moms are now being told not to feel guilty about holding their babies more. After all, what many don’t know is that newborn babies’ first need is to feel safe and secure. This is why doctors strongly encourage skin-to-skin contact as soon as the first few minutes of life.

If you need more reasons to hold your baby close, read up below!

  • It soothes baby and reduces crying

Where I’m from, it’s actually recommended by older people to let babies cry during the day to strengthen their lungs. There’s actually no medical study that proves this. There is, however, extensive research on all the negative effects of letting a baby cry it out. Simply touching and caressing your baby will help make her feel more secure in the new world so she can calm down. Doing so helps make her sleep better at night and gives her a better mood during the day.

  • It improves immunity

One amazing effect of early and continued skin-to-skin contact is that it boosts your child’s immune system. How? Holding them close exposes them to bacteria on our own skin (which is a good thing, don’t worry!). At the same time, it also causes your body to release milk-boosting chemicals, so you can produce more breast milk that’s filled with all the essential antibodies your baby needs throughout the first few years of life.

  • It increases weight gain

It has been observed that a babies who are often touched and cuddled are able to gain weight more quickly than those who are not touched regularly. It’s not magic. The connection is that babies who develop a more secure attachment are attended to sooner and are more likely to nurse longer.

  • It helps regulate breathing

Skin-to-skin contact helps warm your baby, regulates her body temperature and blood pressure, reduces stress hormones and, therefore, helps with her respiration. What’s also amazing is that the temperature of your own chest changes according to the needs of your baby–warmer when your baby is cold, and vice versa.

  • It supports brain development

Newborn babies’ brains are not yet fully developed when they’re born. New researches reveal that those who get extra doses of physical affection display enhanced neurological development. Similarly, positive experiences help improve how his brain grows throughout early childhood so it’s really best to start early!

 

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