Babies benefit from having several carers apart from one main carer

happychildrenbytheseaAnthropological research has challenged the assumption that it is good for a baby to be solely cared for by mother in the first years of life. In fact, it appears to be unnatural. Professor of Anthropology Sarah Hrdy argues, that humans have evolved as co-operative breeders. Apparently we developed as humans partly thanks to our ability to trust others to look after our young.
“We were meant to be raised by the village”, said Dr Daniel Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He emphasises that baby’s mental and emotional behaviour is greatly improved by having several carers, apart from one main carer.