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New Study: Babies Learn Better When They Play With Food

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Listen up moms; you may want to think twice about chastising your baby for being a messy eater.

Getting your kids to eat their food is a challenge in itself, so this new study may take some of the pressure off parents during feeding time.

Researchers now believe letting your baby throw squish and play with their food could lead to smarter babies. According to researchers, babies have an easier time learning words for solids because they are more recognizable. However, non-solid things like pudding or yogurt can look different depending on its container.

Researchers at the University of Iowa found kids who play with food learn words faster, at least when it comes to non- solid foods.

"What they have to learn is that for some things I have to attend to shape, other kinds of things I should attend to material. And that speeds up learning." said Dr. Larissa Samuelson of the University of Iowa.

However, experts also recommend separating the eating from the learning.

According to Dr. Dyan Hes of the Medical Director of Gramercy Pediatrics, "I think a good way to differentiate is when you put them in a different area, you put a smock on them they know it's art time and playtime and not dinner time."

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