We’ve all got that one friend or family member that’s always scolding us for holding our babies too much. Apparently you can spoil your baby by holding him too much. But here’s some good news: research shows that there’s just no way you can ever cuddle your baby too much. Or spoil them by holding them too much or paying too much attention to them.
Why you can’t spoil your baby by holding him too much
Some folks will be swallowing their words right now. But in actual fact, babies need a lot of physical touch and cuddle time to develop properly. They need their mother’s touch to help boost cognitive, emotional, and brain development.
According to the researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the effects of touch and bonding were studied across 125 newborn babies. Some of them who had been born prematurely, and some of them who had been born at full term. Their studies indicated that babies that were born prematurely were much more likely to have reduced responses to touch. This was compared to babies who had been born at full term. Babies that were born prematurely who had to undergo painful medical procedures also showed reduced responses to touch.
Your baby NEEDS your touch
Preemies need a lot of positive and supportive touch along with regular skin-to-skin contact in order for their brains to respond to touch. They need more physical closeness when compared to babies that were exposed to for the full term of pregnancy inside of their mother’s womb.
The proof of the study indicated that you simply cannot spoil a baby by holding him too much. Something which rings even more true in the case of babies that were born prematurely. Picking up your baby when he cries is a way for you to ensure him that you’re there to comfort and care for him. It is a way to keep him safe in a world that seems so scary.
Of course you should start scaling down the in-arms phase when your baby starts maturing and phases out of the newborn stages. But for the time being, tending to the needs of your baby cannot harm him and will definitely not spoil him.
So here’s to you dear mom: Go ahead and pick your baby up when it feels right. We promise that the benefits will far outweigh the negative feedback you might be receiving (on a regular basis) from outside influencers!