Until not too long ago, first time mothers were encouraged, especially by aunts and grandmothers on both sides – that spending too much time cuddling with their baby could “ruin” them. In other words: the child would grow accustomed and become a spoiled little brat who would want to be held and given attention all the time.

Well, times have changed and, thankfully, we’ve entered the “to each their own” phase, also known as “each mother knows what’s best for them and their child”. In any case, if you’re one of those who loves holding their child whenever possible, know that science backs up that decision.

A study published in 2018 by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio concluded that cuddling, touching and hugging are fundamental for the physical, psychological and emotional health of a child, even helping with the development of the brain.

Coddling a child has shown even more positive results in premature babies, which are usually stressed out by the time spent in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), invasive exams and the tension in the air.

So, cuddle and coddle your baby all you want. The old cliché of “everything is temporary” is 100% true for children. Smell them, kiss them, hug and hold them as much as possible. Expressing your love can help develop self-esteem, confidence and, especially, the love between you and your baby.