The Best Way To Soothe Your Crying Baby

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Scientists in Japan and Italy published a paper analyzing the optimal method to soothe a crying infant. The findings were published Tuesday in the journal Current Biology, and found parents who pick up their crying baby, gently walk around with them for 5 minutes, and then sit down and hold them for 5 to 8 minutes before laying them back down again, had the most success.

Researchers studied parents cuddling, carrying, rocking and laying down their infants to determine the best approach.

Even in the daytime, 5 minutes of transport promotes sleep. "Laydown of sleeping infants into a cot either interrupts or deepens infants' sleep. Laydown at 5 to 8 min after the sleep onset tends to prevent infant awakening."


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