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Hug Your Kids As Much As Possible!

Are you one of these parents who is always hugging and squeezing your children? If the answer is yes, then do not stop doing what you are doing!

According to a new study, physical affection during the baby’s developmental period is much more important than many people thought.

I already wrote before about how important is to calm your baby in your arms when they are crying. This is really ridiculous to think that we will spoil our babies if we hold them “too much”.

So here you have, again, a scientific proof to the fact, that not only you shouldn’t avoid from holding your baby, but you should do it as much as possible!

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The more you hold and hug your baby, the more his brain grows. This according to a study from Ohio Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the United States.
125 children, preterm infants, and healthy babies were included in the study. The research examined how they responded to physical contact.

The results showed that babies who received more physical contact from their parents or hospital staff showed a stronger brain response. What was also revealed was that premature infants responded less to contact than healthy babies. Therefore, they need even more hugs to trigger a response.

According to the lead researcher, Dr. Nathalie L. Maitre, the latest discovery teaches us that a simple thing – physical contact, hugs or swinging the baby in your arms – can make a big difference in their brain development.
“It is very important that preterm infants receive positive contact, such as skin to the skin by the parents, because it is essential for their brain response in ways similar to that of infants inside their mother’s womb,” Maitre told to Science Daily.

Overall, physical affection is essential for brain development. So hold and hug and squeeze your babies as much as possible – and do not forget to share this research to show everyone how important it is to love our kids.

Anna Riabzev

Hi, My name is Anna. I'd like to apologize in advance, my English is not perfect and full of mistakes, just like my parenting. But I try my best. In both :-) I am a mother of three adorable kids. Orel, is my amazing red-head boy from my first marriage. Gabriel is a blond sweet child, who was born with a rare genetic syndrom (2q37 - to those who would like to google it). And Marina - my beautiful brunette princess. Although in pictures everything looks perfect, it's not. But it's ok! If everything would be perfect it would be boring - right? In this blog I'd like to share with you my parenting experience. The good and the bad. My successes and failures. The things that cause me guilt feelings, and the things I'm proud of. I hope you will enjoy this blog. Will be really glad if you'll leave me comments and tell me what you think. Have a great day! :)

4 thoughts to “Hug Your Kids As Much As Possible!”

  1. What a lovely article, thanks for sharing.

    Reminds me of a commercial I always see on TV which encourages moms to hug and caress their babies as often as possible. Accordingly, babies who have a lot of physical contact with their moms will grow healthier and stronger.

    Yeah, some think swinging or dancing your baby in your arms when they cry is spoiling them but that is not necessarily true.

    And also, while our kids are small we should take every opportunity to hug them because when they grow older, they don’t want us hugging them anymore. They will feel embarrassed especially in the presence of their friends and classmates.

  2. I’m definitely guilty of hugging my kids several times a day. I’ve got four boys and I’ve noticed that from the time they’re just newborn even to when they get older they need hugs.
    I’ve read numerous studies about babies that were held and treated affectionately vs babies that weren’t. The ones that aren’t often waste away and develop mental and physical disabilities. It’s scary!
    As the kids get older, they need hugs as reassurance that you love them. Even my oldest comes to me several times a day for a hug and smile. It’s amazing how much of an impact those small actions have on your kids.

    1. Yes. Definitely!! Hugging is in no way spoiling our kids! It’s completely necessary! I’m sure your kids enjoy your hugs a lot, and benefit from them in the long term as well!!

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