Do you also carry your baby on the left side like Mira Rajput? This is the REASON why
Something we all end up doing, knowingly or unknowingly.
Recently, Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput was spotted at the Mumbai airport carrying baby Misha in her arms. While it was a cute sight indeed to see the little one dressed in pink all huddled in mum Mira’s arms, we noticed that yet again, Mrs. Kapoor had held kept Mira on her left side.
In the image, baby Misha is in Mira’s left arm, which, if most of you moms out there did not realize yet, is something we all end up doing, knowingly or unknowingly.
Try this out – try carrying your baby or your heavy bag on your left arm for 10 minutes and your right arm for 10 minutes, and we can assure you that you will feel using your left arm was easier than the right one. Yes, really!
Why? Here’s what research says…
If new research is to be believed, a phenomenon, termed as the left-cradling bias, or the left-side bias, is something that is a distinct feature in mothers, whether in the human or animal world! Scientists from Saint Petersburg State University in Russia studied the left-cradling bias and found that it has numerous benefits for the mother and baby.
Research shows that almost 70 to 80 percent of mothers carry their babies in the left arm, while all mothers in 10 different species of animals that were studied carried their babies on their left side.
The science behind it…
The right side of our brain is the one that helps us process emotions as well as behaviour such as facial recognition and crying. Because the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, hence we unknowingly end up carrying our babies on the left side!
This also helps mothers and babies bond better as the right side of the brain helps us process and understand what we actually see. The authors also noted that the left-cradling is the best way for a mother to react to her baby's behaviour such as tears, laughter or yawns.
So mommies, next time you are carrying your baby on your arm and feel a little tired, remember that the extra time your baby spends on your left side may just be worth it!
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