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1 Baby Talk: Moms Talk to Babies More than Dads

There is a moment in the delivery room when the new mother first talks to her baby–usually just seconds after birth when the wet, crying infant is placed on mom’s abdomen. I get the pleasure of watching the joy in the new mom’s eyes, and hearing the words she picks to welcome her baby into the world. For most moms, this first conversation is spontaneous, unplanned, and natural. When dad gets a chance to hold baby, he’s often silent. Usually the words don’t come so easily to new dads.

I’ve made this observation over more than a decade of attending deliveries, so I was not surprised this
week when a new study showed it’s true: dads don’t respond to babies’ vocalizations as much as moms do.

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