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Parents Can't Hold Their Babies Too Much, According To New Study

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Every new parent has that one friend or relative who tells them they spoil their baby too much. Too much holding or cuddling of your baby has gotten a bad reputation over the years, and is sometimes blamed for a child's bad behavior, such as crying in public or throwing a temper tantrum. Advocates for “self-soothing” often claim that babies should be left to cry out their feelings, so they learn the ability to soothe themselves and not become dependent on a parent or caregiver to help them regulate their emotions.

Luckily for the holdouts, science is on your side. A recently study corroborates what some people have felt all along: You can’t hold your baby too much. In fact, the more cuddles, the better.