Scientists have studied the heart rates of infants when they are picked up by a loving caregiver and now have measured proof that their heart rate slows within seconds of being held.
“It’s very difficult for adults to relax so quickly,” said Dr. Kuroda, whose study appears in the journal Current Biology. “I think it’s specific to infant physiology.”
In the case of the mouse pups, it took only one second for the heart rate to drop. In human babies, it took about three seconds.
You can read the rest of the article citing the research here.
Will it be enough to quiet the voices that say that you can spoil a baby by holding them too much? I sure hope so.
Thank you for sharing this. I knew it! I held my baby all the time
Lol, not my little one and grandma. She scared her by picking her up when she was first waking up and since then, she's been SO afraid of her. It's not easy to break her. Lol
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