Is your new baby a spitting image of their dad? Does she have his dark brown hair? Those same big eyes? A similar nose?
Turns out, it’s not only adorable, but actually good for them!
In fact, babies that resemble their father are healthier by the time they turn one.
In a study from Binghamton University (source), researchers found that the more a baby looked like their father, the more time the father spent with them. That extra time spent resulted in healthier babies.
When the dad saw a resemblance in the baby they spent on average 2.5 more days a month with them. More time with baby = healthier baby!
The researchers looked at the babies length of hospital stays, the number of visits to the doctor, and the number of asthma attacks. But how would that be effected by simply looking like your father?
They claim that simply put, having more eyes on the baby, looking out for them, monitoring them, caring for them, etc keeps the baby better protected.
Bottom line, Dads are important.
Want even more proof? Here are just a couple more studies:
So dads, spend time with your babies. It’s good for them.
Liz is a just a mom trying to keep it real about how little she sleeps, how often she gets puked on and how much she loves them. You can find her here every day writing about real-mom moments.