A study reveals why women tend to hold babies closer to their hearts, while men have no such preference.
This fascinating study is as surprising to me as it is to you. In fact, after reading up on this, I immediately asked my 8-year-old daughter to fetch her doll, and amazing as it sounds, my little doll, held hers on her left side. Clearly, there’s some meat to this research (as there is to most researches. However, just the fact that I could try it on my own and see that the revelation as true, was amazing).
So the next time that you are holding a baby, any baby, notice whether you are holding them to your left or to your right. According to this report, science says that most women tend to hold them to their left. Even more interesting is the fact that you need not be a mother for this instinctive action. Of course, men clearly don’t hold this bias for the left.
While there were many theories explaining this bias, ranging from ‘proximity to mum’s heartbeat and left breast sensitivity’, according to this report, recent studies prove that the reasons are more cerebral. Apparently, when a baby is held on the left, the right side of the mother’s brain lights up, which helps her bond with her baby. Holding them on the left side makes it easier for the brain to process information and react to their needs faster.
According to this research published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, “The position of an infant on the mother’s left side may optimise maternal monitoring, by directing sensory information predominantly to the mother’s right hemisphere.”
Continue reading for tips on how to hold the baby, especially a newborn, irrespective of the side.