Why most women carry babies on their left side Why most women carry babies on their left side
Science says most of us are and the reason why is fascinating, according to Kidspot. The favouring of one particular side when holding your... Why most women carry babies on their left side

Science says most of us are and the reason why is fascinating, according to Kidspot.



The favouring of one particular side when holding your baby is not something you would necessarily notice straight away. But this tendency in mothers, human and otherwise, is one which has had scientists scratching their head for a long time.

Previous research has indicated that 70—85 per cent of women and girls show a bias to hold infants, or dolls, to the left side of their body. This bias doesn’t only crop up in motherhood either, little girls of preschool age have demonstrated the left carrying bias too.

Interestingly, this bias is not matched in males. While dads tend to hold their babies on the left, males who are not fathers are far more likely to show no bias at all.

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My lopsided back is a case in point. See how much higher my left side is to the right? That what you get from carrying a miniature heffalump on your hip for three years. Picture: Donné RestomSource:istock



For years, theories have been tossed about in an attempt to explain this preference. Scientists have delved into studies around handedness, proximity to mum’s heartbeat, left breast sensitivity and socio-psychological factors.

But recent studies are showing that the truth is far more cerebral.

When a baby is held on the left, the right side of the mother’s brain lights up, and this physical activation of the right side of the mother’s brain helps her bond with her baby.

This is how it works in layman terms:

1. Physical touch on the left side of the body is matched with a response in the right side of the brain.

2. This relationship between one side of the body and the opposing side of the brain is called lateralisation.

3. The right side of the brain is the side responsible for language and interpreting emotional signals, among other things.

4. Therefore, when a baby is held on the left, the mother is better able to interpret physical and emotional cues.

This is how the latest piece of research, published in Nature Ecology and Evolution, describes it: “The position of an infant on the mother’s left side may optimise maternal monitoring, by directing sensory information predominantly to the mother’s right hemisphere.” Kapiche?

What is fascinating is that we’re not the only animals on the planet to do this. Many mammals do.

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This Humpback baby hangs left. Picture: iStockSource:istock

The researchers of this study watched a whole lot of mammalian species; wild horses, reindeer, walruses, kangaroos and whales to name a few.



Not only did mothers keep their babies to the left, but the infants when able to make their own choices, chose to hang to the left of their mothers.

This article originally appeared on Kidspot.

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  • Renee

    2017-01-13 #1 Author

    Reading this make me notice how true this artical is!! My child is alwaysss to the left of me but i never really paid any attention to it

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    • Daniella

      2017-01-15 #2 Author

      I didn’t realize I did this until I read this and it’s true !

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  • Kenyatta Wilson

    2017-01-13 #3 Author

    I like dis page a lot

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    • Yaneliz

      2017-01-14 #4 Author

      I would of never known this thank you

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  • Kara

    2017-01-13 #5 Author

    After I read this I picked up my daughter just to see how accurate this article was . Very well she was on my left side

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  • Kyana Summers

    2017-01-13 #6 Author

    Nice research would have never though and like the comparison to mammals

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  • Tiana McFarland

    2017-01-13 #7 Author

    This is very fascinating I never knew this . i learn something new everyday ?

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  • Jamie

    2017-01-13 #8 Author

    This makes so much sense and it’s funny because I see the logic behind it but never looked at it that way until now. Pretty cool facts!!

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  • Joselyn

    2017-01-13 #9 Author

    Great to know , thanks

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    • Nicole

      2017-01-15 #10 Author

      Interesting lol. Never really paid attention.

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  • omeng

    2017-01-13 #11 Author

    now i know thanks for this article

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  • Nae

    2017-01-13 #12 Author

    Reading this article just made me miss my pregnancy

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  • Daytona

    2017-01-13 #13 Author

    Wow! I never thought of dat

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  • Raven

    2017-01-13 #14 Author

    Wow this is very true I never noticed until reading this

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  • Paris Brown

    2017-01-13 #15 Author

    This is sooooo true!!!!

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  • Erica Daniels

    2017-01-13 #17 Author

    I hold her on both sides

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  • Natasja

    2017-01-13 #18 Author

    I never thought about it but it is treu I always carry them left ?

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  • Nicole Labardy

    2017-01-13 #19 Author

    This article is so true

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  • Jenica Popa

    2017-01-13 #20 Author

    This is really true and a good article. ?

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    • Yenifer

      2017-01-16 #21 Author

      Idk if this true but i always carry my daughter on my right i think i have my left side weak …but i do notice my mom always carrys her on her left

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  • Catalina

    2017-01-13 #22 Author

    Thanks that’s something that I never knew

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  • Tanya Davis

    2017-01-13 #23 Author

    I have three kids and I carried each kid on my left side! I am a firm believer that this is very true!

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  • Lauren

    2017-01-13 #24 Author

    I never realized I did this until reading this.. truly interesting. Makes sense though!

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  • Adrian Jones

    2017-01-13 #25 Author

    Very interesting

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  • Kiara

    2017-01-13 #26 Author

    Yes I did this always on the left

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  • Shondra gross

    2017-01-14 #27 Author

    I carry my son on my hip because It frees up the front of my body for carrying additional things

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  • Shanequa

    2017-01-14 #28 Author

    This is so right I carry my baby on the left all the time!

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  • Brooke Fisher

    2017-01-14 #29 Author

    This is so accurate! I always always carry my daughter on my left side.

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  • Ariel

    2017-01-14 #30 Author

    Oh wow never understood why but now I know.

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  • Joanah Elizabeth

    2017-01-14 #31 Author

    Omg I never thought about this and it’s so true !

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  • Shay

    2017-01-14 #32 Author

    I always thought it was just because i am left handed and use the left side of my body for everything

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  • Breanna

    2017-01-14 #33 Author

    After I read the article I’m like wow! I never actually thought about it! Very accurate

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  • NadinaV

    2017-01-14 #34 Author

    I held my daughter on both sides

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  • Keisha

    2017-01-14 #35 Author

    That’s crazy ..but so true

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  • Jennifer

    2017-01-14 #36 Author

    Very good Article

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  • Katia Sacasa

    2017-01-14 #37 Author

    Cargar a los niños en los brazos es lo mas común para nosotros y es algo muy comodo así se tiene a los niños agarrando nuestra calor como madres o padres.

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  • Aminah

    2017-01-14 #38 Author

    Wow that’s interesting ??

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  • E’Monie

    2017-01-14 #39 Author

    This is so interesting because I literally never hold my baby on my right side and I never thought about it until I saw this article!

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  • Loretta Ann Parker

    2017-01-14 #40 Author

    This is interesting after reading this I realized I carry my children on the left side all the time

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  • Sheyla

    2017-01-14 #41 Author

    I learn something new ??

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  • Stormi

    2017-01-14 #42 Author

    I carry my daughter on my waste be cause she getting heavy

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  • Randi

    2017-01-14 #43 Author

    Lol omg so true.. I ALWAYS hold my son on my left side and even when I switch to the right side, he ALWAYS ends up back on the left lol hahaha

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  • Lourdes

    2017-01-14 #44 Author

    Woow very interesting

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  • Michelle

    2017-01-14 #45 Author

    This is very interesting, i do remeber holding my dolls to left side of my along with my younger siblings. However I watch health channel while my mom was in the hospital delievering my younger brother and it stated to hold the baby to the left because the sound of your heart beat relaxes the baby and helps him or her bond with you. So i tested it out with my brother and it was very true. We attached at the hip. He wanted me for everything he became my heart beat!

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  • Kayesha Scurry

    2017-01-14 #46 Author

    This is an excellent article because I would always try holding my Baby on my right side but could never figure out why it always felt really different n uncomfortable !

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  • anne

    2017-01-14 #47 Author

    i never realize it until i read this article.
    This is very helpful.

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  • Basia Santana

    2017-01-14 #48 Author

    So True ! I Put Every Child I Pick Up On My Left Hip

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  • Shrijana luitel

    2017-01-14 #49 Author

    Wow! Although I ways carry my baby left side, I never thought about it but now I understant about it.

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  • Madiphetogo

    2017-01-14 #50 Author

    its more comforta le than holding her on the right side…i guess left hand is strong enough… now i gt it

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  • Becky

    2017-01-14 #51 Author

    This Article Is So True. I Do In Fact Carry My Baby On My Left Side. ?

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  • Chichi

    2017-01-14 #52 Author

    I think it’s more comfortable on the left side…

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  • Deja

    2017-01-14 #53 Author

    Very interesting. I never noticed until i read it & it makes sense. ! Cool facts

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  • Monique

    2017-01-14 #54 Author

    This article was very INTERESTING! The entire time, I’m thinking I utilized my left more than my right due to me being left handed but I was definitely wrong.

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  • Carlos

    2017-01-14 #55 Author

    Well I am father of twin girls too and when I hold them I do the same thing it’s just something about that side that they just have to be on that side

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  • terrionna traylor

    2017-01-14 #56 Author

    This is true, I often carried my son on my left side more than anything . actually I would continue to until my left side was tired.

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  • Ray

    2017-01-14 #57 Author

    I always carry my nieces and nephews on that side idk i think its an automatic thing

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  • Tatiyana proctor

    2017-01-14 #58 Author

    I didn’t think that’s was why we did that until I read this post today.. that’s the only place I carry my sons on my left side

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  • Mona

    2017-01-14 #59 Author

    I would have never known this. I held my babies on my left hip. Lol… You learn something new everyday.

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  • Chelsea thomas

    2017-01-14 #60 Author

    That’s crazy because I notice I always have one of my girls on the left side.

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  • Manny F

    2017-01-14 #61 Author

    I always wondered why most mothers did this..

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  • Thiana

    2017-01-14 #62 Author

    That’s so funny. Now that I think of it I carry my baby on my left side as well. Just seems like a comfy fit for her.

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  • Dynasty

    2017-01-14 #63 Author

    Wow, I never noticed until I read this article and it is so true!

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  • Seaquiza

    2017-01-14 #64 Author

    I’ve always wondered about this

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  • Ivory Thornton

    2017-01-14 #65 Author

    I never really thought about it until I read this . Every time I hold a baby I put the baby on my left side . It feels more comfortable to hold and walk with the baby on my left side .

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  • Kearra Heard

    2017-01-14 #66 Author

    I always carry my baby on my right hip.

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  • Naillah Alma hadad

    2017-01-14 #67 Author

    This is interesting you learn something new everyday from this page

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  • Naillah Hadad

    2017-01-14 #68 Author

    This article is interesting ?

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  • Susan

    2017-01-15 #69 Author

    How funny, I always carry my baby on my right hip.

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  • Travis

    2017-01-15 #70 Author

    This artical really made me notice that my wife does favor the oppisite side then i hold my daughter which is crazy lol

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  • Dawn

    2017-01-15 #71 Author

    Wow interesting

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    • Yenifer

      2017-01-16 #72 Author

      Idk if this true but i always carry my daughter on my right i think i have my left side weak …but i do notice my mom always carrys her on her left

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  • Jazmine Lashea

    2017-01-15 #73 Author

    I Hold My Daughter On My Right Side And Her Dad Hold Her On The Opposite Side

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  • Minnie

    2017-01-15 #74 Author

    I also hold my child on my left side without even noticing it…Weird ?

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  • Molly

    2017-01-15 #75 Author

    I never thought about it in that way. I figured I always held my baby on my left side because I’m right handed. Therefore my right side is free to multitask.

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  • Michel’le

    2017-01-15 #76 Author

    Wow I thought I was the only one

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  • Shawnee

    2017-01-15 #77 Author

    This is very interesting. I’ve noticed that most women (myself included) carry their children on their left sides

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  • Dacotta

    2017-01-15 #78 Author

    Wow I never realized this! Im going to start watching this all the time now.

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  • NISHA

    2017-01-15 #79 Author

    I never knew why I did this.

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  • Lajala Muff

    2017-01-15 #80 Author

    I normally carry my baby on the right side. That is my strong arm.

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  • Jane Hampton

    2017-01-15 #81 Author

    I learn something new everyday!

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  • Jane Hampton

    2017-01-15 #82 Author

    Learning something new everyday!

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  • Vitani

    2017-01-15 #83 Author

    I never would thought about this

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  • Ashley scoggins

    2017-01-15 #84 Author

    Never paid it that much attention, but it’s true

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  • Briona

    2017-01-15 #85 Author

    i learn something new everyday ? i never knew that was the reason why

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  • Adriana gonzales

    2017-01-15 #86 Author

    This explains why my baby is always on my left side…what a good artical..

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  • Michal

    2017-01-15 #87 Author

    I never knew this, now I’m going to start paying attention to what side I carry my daughter on .

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  • OnDreigha

    2017-01-15 #88 Author

    When a baby is held on the left side of the body, the right side of the mother’s brain lights up. Scientifically this is called lateralisation…I call this recognizable bond a physical heart to heart ?❤️. No wonder why my little love always gravitates to the left of me ?❤️.

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  • Asia

    2017-01-15 #89 Author

    I Actually Agree This Makes Sense

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  • DLaiah

    2017-01-15 #90 Author

    I never knew that. That’s different…

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  • Shakeria Williams

    2017-01-15 #91 Author

    Never paid much attention to it.. but my baby is no a hip baby yet.. but going to pick lil brother to see

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  • Mariah Nixon

    2017-01-15 #92 Author

    This is really interesting. I never knew any of this. This makes me want to do so much more research on things that we as mothers do but don’t realize that we’re doing it!

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  • Mariah Nixon

    2017-01-15 #93 Author

    This is so interesting and it makes me want to do so much more research!

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  • Marie Quintero

    2017-01-15 #94 Author

    I usually carry on the right side I wonder what that means?

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  • Mandisa Mhlanzi

    2017-01-16 #95 Author

    wow very interesting because i always carry my daughter on the left.

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    • Daescu Gabriela

      2017-01-17 #96 Author

      This article is interesting I always held my babies on my left side it’s I never knew this.

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  • Alisha dunkley

    2017-01-16 #97 Author

    Didn’t no this till I read it great info

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  • Quawntina

    2017-01-16 #98 Author

    Oh wow…I never thought of this…how true!!

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  • Delaina

    2017-01-16 #99 Author

    As soon as I saw the title to this I thought about all of the times I carried my daughters on my left side and thought “no sooner my back is lop sided” lol. Very interesting article 🙂

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  • Chontaye

    2017-01-16 #100 Author

    I always held my babies on my left side it’s I never knew this and it’s really interesting

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  • Katherine

    2017-01-16 #101 Author

    This is so awesome to know.. it’s a natural instinct then ❤️

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  • Kayla

    2017-01-16 #103 Author

    Never even realized I did this until this article ??

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  • Shemeka trent

    2017-01-17 #104 Author

    Wow, I never paid attention to what side I was using the most. Pretty interesting

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  • Jessica Holman

    2017-01-17 #105 Author

    Amazing research ! I’ve always wondered that with both of my children . Honestly would have never thought . Thank you 🙂

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  • Selena

    2017-01-19 #106 Author

    Wow I never realized how just by holding you baby on the left side helps you connect with you baby more. This is very interesting.

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  • Lavosha

    2017-01-19 #107 Author

    My mostly love my right side of my hip all I see those 2 teeth lol

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  • Melissa

    2017-01-19 #108 Author

    Holding the baby on the left side is really instinctive. Now I know why

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  • Tamikay Geter

    2017-01-21 #109 Author

    I think this sounds accurate since the Ob/Gyn tells us to lay on our left side while pregnant.

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  • Reena

    2017-01-28 #110 Author

    This is so much true i always carry my daughter on my left side..

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  • Mridula

    2017-02-02 #111 Author

    I too carry baby on left side

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