Little ones’ development may very well be influenced by how much (or how little) close, comforting contact they receive, researchers note.

A new study published in the journal Development and Psychopathology is emphasizing the importance of snuggling. A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada worked with 94 babies and their parents, asking them to keep a log of their cuddling and touching habits with their babies from the time they were five weeks old. You’ll be surprised to see what they found.

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