Hold Me Close - Research Summary of the Importance of Holding and Babywearing by Dr. Maria Blois (PDF file, external site)
by Maria Blois, MD
It has been suggested that increased physical contact between a mother and her newborn (holding) promotes greater maternal responsiveness and more secure attachment between infant and mother, among other benefits. Current research has focused on three general types of physical contact, skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care), in-arms holding and the use of a soft carrier to hold baby. Information from designated randomized controlled trials (RCT) will be detailed in Table 5.