Are you the kind of parent that's always hugging your kids? If the answer is yes then don't stop doing what you're doing.
According to new reserach, physical affection during a baby's development period is even more important than we thought.
The more you hug a baby, the more their brains grow, according to a recent survey from the Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio.
125 babies, both premature and full-term, were included in the study, which looked at how well they reponded to being physically touched.
The results indicated that premature babies responded to affection less than babies who were not born premature. What was also revealed however, was that babies that were subjected to more affection by parents or hospital staff showed stronger brain response.
According to researcher Dr. Nathalie Maitre, this last revelation tells us that something as simple as body contact or rocking your baby in your arms will make a big difference in how their brains develop.
"Making sure that preterm babies receive positive, supportive touch such as skin-to-skin care by parents is essential to help their brains respond to gentle touch in ways similar to those of babies who experienced an entire pregnancy inside their mother's womb," Maitre tells Science Daily.
Basically, affection is vital for the development of the brain. So, cuddle and hug your babies as much as you can - and don't forget to share this research to show everyone out there how important it is to be loving to our children!