WJBD Radio

Images

Now Playing

Health & Fitness News

WJBD - Health & Fitness News - Moms Underestimate Size of Youngest Child

Moms Underestimate Size of Youngest Child

iStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- The youngest member of the family tends to get babied more than other kids but why does that happen?

Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia point to something called the “baby illusion” in which mothers think of the youngest child as perhaps being smaller than they actually are.

Jordy Kaufman and his colleagues had moms guess the heights of various siblings and almost always, they would underestimate the height of the youngest child by an average of almost three inches.

Interestingly, whenever a new baby comes along, the “baby illusion” is broken and moms start to correctly guess the size of the older child.

Meanwhile, the illusion is responsible for parents devoting more time to the “baby” of the family, which is important when there are multiple kids to take care of.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

See other Health news:

Two Americans with Ebola to Be Flown Back to US 'Early Next Week'
Tenn. Doctor in Quarantine After Ebola Outbreak: 'I'm Feeling Well'
Do You Hear Sounds After Playing Video Games?
Company to Launch Workout Gear that Knows How Hard You're Working Out
Some Birth Control Pills Linked to Higher Breast Cancer Risk: Study




This Site logo