Study: mom's interaction with baby helps development

February 5, 2010 10:17:40 AM PST
A new study finds certain actions a mother takes when playing with her babies can improve their child's development.

Researchers at the University of Montreal observed 80 pairs of mothers and year old babies.

Results showed that babies who mothers answered questions quickly and accurately and who provided helpful hints performed better on tests.

Researchers say, by age two, children who had responsive mothers were better at solving puzzles and had greater self control than those whose mothers didn't interact.

The study can be found in the journal "Child Development."