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    molding to their parents' bodies

    What does "mold" mean here? The dictionary only has "make a cast or form a personality" as a verb, but the translation goes "hugging into...".

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    Re: molding to their parents' bodies

    The idea is that they do not resist the hug in any way, in fact they go deeply into the hug. So "hugging into" is a reasonable translation in this case.

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    Re: molding to their parents' bodies

    Okay, thanks. What literal meaning does it come from? "mold" as "to shape or form in or on a mold."?
    If I can know the original meaning, I can infer the meaning better.

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    Re: molding to their parents' bodies

    Yes. The baby's body forms into the shape of the parent's body as he is hugged.

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