New Study Reveals That Babies Show Their Love By Making Their Mothers Smile

When you were a baby and you smiled for the very first time what did your parents do? Did they run for their camera to capture the moment? We’re willing to bet that is what you’re going to do when your child smiles for the first time. But, instead of running for a camera you will just take your phone out. Babies’ smiles are some of the most beautiful and purest things to look at in the world.

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That smile is nothing but pure joy and happiness. But, science has a new answer. That smile is not just happiness but also love and affection.

1Babies and their mothers

Being a mother to a newborn baby can be a very tedious task. It is quite hard to handle a newborn if you’re a first-time mom. You need to know when to feed them, how to put them to sleep, how and when to change them, etc. There are many things a new mom has to do which may make them upset or completely exhausted.

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2The common belief

There has been one common belief that children can only show their love once they are over a year old. In some cases, there is an exception here that happens earlier but in most cases, it is only after a year. But, did you know that your child, your infant baby shows their love even before they can stand up? A new study found some really interesting information on this subject.

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3What was the study?

The study took place at the University of California in San Diego. Here a total of thirteen babies participated in a study in the duration of 4 to 17 weeks. They were participating alongside their mothers. It was a behavioral study to see what a smile could do between a mother and her child.

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4What was the behavior study?

The researchers wanted to see what happened when both mother and child smiled, when only the mother smiled, when only the child smiled and when neither smiled. They wanted to know if a baby at even a very young age could understand happiness and how would they react to seeing their mothers happy and unhappy.

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5The intentional smile

The study began with seeing how the babies would respond to their mothers smiling. They found out that the babies did not respond to everything. They only responded when their mothers smiled at them. This is something the scientists were expecting but were pleasantly surprised to see. Every time a mother would smile at her child the child would smile back.

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