Mothers Words May Favor Girls

November 3, 2014 3:28 PM

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Baby talk is essential for an infant’s development. The study suggests that mothers talk more to their infant daughters than their sons during these early months of a child’s life. Published on Monday in the online edition of Paediatrics, the new study had researchers look at interactions between 33 late preterm and term infants and their parents. More than 3,000 hours of recordings were captured by researchers, who wanted to see whether they could surprise any relevant differences.

What Dr. Vohr and her research team noticed was that, when it comes to listening patterns, parents tend to also be more attentive based on gender differences: fathers were more likely to pay attention to sounds made by their bows while mother appeared to listen to their daughters. Dr. Vohr and her t...

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