Research shows babies learn to communicate via mimicry of their carer's facial expressions, called "serve and return" communication. A baby carrier given at birth strengthens bonds and starts parents on the journey to interacting with their baby.
Finland gives all Finnish families a box of baby clothes and nappies. Australia could lead the world in recognising the significant body of research showing babies need to see their carer's face to fully develop the communication and language areas of the brain, and give all parents a parent-facing baby carrier. Many side benefits will result including a reduction in post natal depression, and education to parents on benefits of communication at the very earliest stages leading to a lifelong love of communication and learning.
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