Babies mimic songs, study finds

Baby with microphone (stock image).Credit: © Africa Studio / Adobe Stock Researchers — and parents — have long known that babies learn to speak by mimicking the words they hear. But a new study shows that babies also might try to imitate the singing they hear in songs.advertisement As part of the study, scientists captured audio […]

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Parentese’ helps parents, babies make ‘conversation’ and boosts language development

Mother talking to baby (stock image).Credit: © Jacob Lund / Adobe Stock Used in virtually all of the world’s languages, parentese is a speaking style that draws baby’s attention. Parents adopt its simple grammar and words, plus its exaggerated sounds, almost without thinking about it.advertisement But if parents knew the way they speak could help baby […]

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Trial suggests babies in intensive care can be better protected from parental bacteria

For sick or prematurely born babies spending their first days of life in a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the soothing voice and gentle touch of a loving parent can have a tremendous impact toward a positive outcome — that is, unless mom or dad’s visit leaves the infant with something extra: a dangerous […]

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Giving billions of live bacteria to boost the gut health of premature babies

Boosting the milk of premature babies with healthy bacteria may have helped half the number of serious gut problems and infections, according to new research led by the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and involving the University of East Anglia.advertisement Researchers at NNUH, Quadram Institute and UEA reviewed the outcomes of almost 1,000 very premature […]

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