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Babies learn faster if fathers involved.

Babies learn faster if fathers involved.

Babies learn faster if their fathers engage with them in the first few months of life, a study suggests.

An active male role in the early stages of babies' development produced better performance in cognitive tests by the age of two, researchers found.

The team from Imperial College London, King's College London and Oxford University, says the findings show the value of early paternal involvement.

They said the signs could be seen from as early as three months.

The study said there was "compelling support" for the importance of a mother's impact on a child's cognitive development, but more interest was now focused on the association between father-infant interactions and development.

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