A new nasal spray has been developed for mums that are not bonding with their babies, the spray allegedly helps them become closer to their babies. The trials of the new spray took place in Sydney last year where a chemical version of the naturally occurring oxytocin is created and used in a spray format.
Oxytocin is also known as the love-drug or bonding hormone.
For Mums with low levels of oxytocin, it is harder to respond to the needs of their babies. They don't notice or respond to the baby's cries as quickly as other mothers. So the spray helps them with their low levels of oxytocin by giving it to them in a chemical format.
Oxytocin is vital during child birth as it triggers uterine contractions, and helps the delivery of the placenta and then it helps to stop bleeding. After the baby is delivered it helps in breast feeding by causing the 'let down' reflex which means milk will flow.
Many parents would say that they tend to deal with the children in the same way - they reward, discipline and treat the children equally, but there are differences between the way a mother or father cares for and looks after children. That is not to say that one is wrong and one it right, just that it is different.
Here are a few distinguishing characteristics of the mother/father parenting that you might recognise.
Interesting things to think about and further evidence that a bit of both types of parenting is a good thing!
New research has discovered that as soon as babies are born they cry with the same "accent" as their mothers! This suggests that they begin to learn language in the womb. Previously, it was though that babies recognise sounds from the outside world while they are still in the womb, and that they are settled by the sound of their mother's voice. But, this research goes a bit further and suggests that the mother's voice influences the baby's speech.
The research was carried out in Germany and published in the journal, "Current Biology". The scientists analysed the cries of 60 healthy babies between the age of three and five days old. Half of them were born to French-speaking mothers and the other half were German. The results showed that the French babies cried with a different "accent" compared to the German ones.
The French babies cried with a "raising melody"; the German babies cried with a "falling melody". The pattern, according to the researchers, are consistent with the characteristic differences between the two languages."
Previous research has shown that babies can imitate vowel sounds by 12 weeks. They would physically be unable to do so any earlier. Crying can be done from birth without the need for well developed vocal chords. Babies are motivated to copy the sounds of their mother in order to attract her attention and encourage bonding.
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