A new study has busted the myth that babies shouldn’t be picked up every time they cry.
The results found cuddled children grow up to be healthier, less depressed, kinder, more empathetic, well-adjusted adults.
The study followed more than 600 adults with interesting results. As well as benefits from cuddling, lots of affection and quality time also has positive results which lead adults to develop better-coping skills.
Professor Darcia Narvaez of the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology told Tribine Media: “What parents do in those early months and years are really affecting the way the brain is going to grow the rest of their lives, so lots of holding, touching and rocking, that is what babies expect."
“They grow better that way. And keep them calm, because all sorts of systems are establishing the way they are going to work. If you let them cry a lot, those systems are going to be easily triggered into stress.
The research is due to be featured in the journal Applied Developmental Science.
What do you think? Do you agree with the research or do you support controlled crying?