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December 16 2013

'Baby illusion' makes mums see youngest as too short


Ever noticed how a youngest child is often babied? Well, don't blame the parents, they could be under the "baby illusion", where the youngest child is perceived as shorter than they really are.

Jordy Kaufman and colleagues from Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, asked 77 mothers to mark on a wall how tall their children were. The mums underestimated the height of their youngest child by 7.5 centimetres on average, but were almost spot on for the height of any older children.

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