The messiest babies may be the fastest learners, according to a study from the University of Iowa. Non-solid foods like applesauce or oatmeal can be difficult for babies to recognize because they look very different depending on if they’re in a bowl, a spoon, or a puddle. Researchers found that the babies who played with their food the most (and made the biggest mess) were the most successful at recognizing the names of gooey substances when later presented with it in different shapes or quantities. The researchers believe that being open to exploration may boost both early vocabulary and later cognitive development. Will you be more tolerant of a messy high chair after learning about the benefits of playing with your food? Share this post with friends and let me know in the comments.
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