How Dad Can Help Boost Baby’s Brain

Dad reading to baby
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Hands-on dads could be more hands-off with homework help down the road. A new study from the UK shows that fathers who interact more with their babies during the first few months of life may positively impact cognitive development.

Researchers from Imperial College London, King’s College London and Oxford University zeroed in on baby-and-dad interactions at baby’s 3-month mark. They found that when dad was more active and engaged during playtime, baby performed better in cognitive tests at age 2.

Wondering what a cognitive test looks like for a toddler? Researchers observed toddler behavior during book-reading sessions. Separately, they measured how well kids could recognize colors and shapes using an evaluation…

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