The power of cuddles
The importance of parental closeness for a baby.

It is well known that the first few months of a newborn's life are crucial for its future development. And what is most important for these fragile and dependent little beings? The closeness and affection of their parents, of course!
But why is this so important, you may ask? Well, for starters, babies need to feel the warmth and security of their parents in order to feel safe and confident in their development. That's why it's important to hold, cuddle and rock them regularly.

In addition, physical affection is also crucial to the development of a child's social and emotional skills. Babies who are regularly touched and stroked by their parents tend to be more confident and social later in life. And who wouldn't like to have a confident, sociable child?

But parental affection isn't limited to hugs and pats. It's also important to talk and sing to your baby, even if he or she doesn't understand the words. Familiar sounds and voices help babies feel secure and develop their ability to understand the sounds of language.

And don't underestimate the importance of humor! Smiles and laughter are contagious, and babies love it when their parents act funny and playful. So don't be afraid to make funny faces, tell funny stories and sing silly rhymes. You'll be amazed at how much this can improve your baby's mood.

If parents do not provide enough closeness and affection to their newborn, it can have serious consequences on their physical and emotional development. Some examples of these potential consequences include:

  • Troubles du développement physique : Les bébés qui ne sont pas suffisamment touchés et caressés peuvent avoir des difficultés à se développer correctement. Ils peuvent avoir des problèmes de croissance, de coordination et de motricité. Ils peuvent également être plus susceptibles de souffrir de maladies chroniques plus tard dans la vie.
  • Attachment Disorders: Babies who are not close enough to their parents may develop attachment disorders, which means they will have difficulty bonding with others and feeling secure in social situations. Children with attachment disorders may be shyer, more reserved and less social than other children their age.
  • Emotional disorders: Babies who do not receive enough affection may also develop emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety and anger. These disorders can have a long-term impact on their mental health and their ability to relate to others and succeed in life.
  • Delayed mental development: Babies who are not stimulated enough by their environment may have difficulty developing mentally. They may have difficulty learning, understanding concepts and using their intelligence effectively.

It is important to note that these consequences are not always immediately obvious, but can manifest themselves later in the child's life. It is therefore crucial that parents commit to providing sufficient closeness and affection to their newborns from the first few months of life to ensure optimal development.

In short, parental closeness and affection are absolutely crucial to your newborn's development and growth. So don't be shy with hugs, cuddles, words and laughter! Your baby will be forever grateful.

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