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We know intuitively that being a kind, caring mummy makes for a happy baby, but did you know that nurturing behaviour is likely to give him a bigger brain and affect how he handles stress later on in life? New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that children with emotionally supportive mums have a more developed hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for learning, memory and coping with stress. In fact, it was a whopping 10 per cent larger compared to kids who didn’t receive the same level of support. So, keep up the good work and carry on giving your child lots of love.