Thumbs and trunks sucking

There is something that baby mammals always do: suck their thumbs (or trunks in case of elephant). Several benefits have been associated with thumb-sucking: it relaxes babies, it slows down heart and breathing rates and regulates stomach muscle movements. Thumb- and trunk-sucking is associated with food and mom, and therefore is the most comforting actionContinue reading “Thumbs and trunks sucking”

Mom’s brain

Pregnant women often have a feeling of forgetfulness, it is the so-called “mom’s brain”, or “baby’s brain”. Is it just an expression or is there any scientific truth behind it? The brain of pregnant women has always been an interested topic for scientists. In 2017 Hoeckzema and collaborators published on Nature the definitive paper aboutContinue reading “Mom’s brain”

Babies cry in their parents’ language

In 2009 Mample and collaborators published a paper regarding the language of infants’ cry. They analyzed the cries of 30 French and 30 German newborns. Babies were 3-4 days old, they were healthy, with normal hearing from a strictly monolingual (French or German) family background. Cry recordings were made during pain-free, normal mother-child interactions (whileContinue reading “Babies cry in their parents’ language”