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Lengthy naps are vital for learning and memory in babies up to 12 months – and rather good for middle-aged bloggers too… BBC News

Talking to babies could mean they have a better career (when they grow up that is). It helps the development of their vocabulary and language skills, and also their memory and nonverbal cognitive abilities.

Babies can hear words before birth and remember them after they are born – so perhaps you’d better be careful what you say!

Read the original research in PNAS.

One year old babies that go to interactive music classes where their parents play instruments and sing songs, rather than just listen to music, smile more, communicate better, and their brains respond earlier to music. They are also calmer. So get singing ‘The Wheels On The Bus‘ to your baby!

See the abstract in Developmental Science.

Breastfeeding helps to colonise babies’ guts with healthy bacteria, and this changes how they express the genes for immunity, improving their immune systems. Read the paper in Genome Biology.

black & white picture of  a baby's feet

Honey kills bacteria, and it works in lots of ways -it is high in sugar, it contains hydrogen peroxide and antimicrobial compounds, and it is acidic.  The ancient Egyptians used honey on wounds.

Honey bees in a hiveJust a reminder – don’t give honey to babies. In rare cases, it can cause botulism.

Mothers and babies can synchronise their heartbeats when they mirror each other’s smiles or other social behaviours.

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