Japanese scientists have named the most effective way to soothe a crying baby
Japanese scientists have developed the scientific rationale that rocking babies is the most effective way to soothe a baby and put him to sleep. The method, known to mankind since prehistoric times, turned out to be a “know-how” that is widely used by all land mammals. In science, it is known as the “transport response” and works without fail with all cubs.
The idea is that females of many species of animals have to carry their cubs from place to place in case of danger or other necessity. The baby turns into a “load” for the time of transportation – its vestibular apparatus recognizes the characteristic swaying and gives the command to the brain to relax and stop the activity. From a fidgety creature, the cub turns into an obedient and sedentary object, and often falls asleep.
Scientists conducted a series of experiments in which mothers with infants were asked to take them in their arms and walk around the room for five minutes. At the same time were measured parameters of vital activity of the child – in particular, the heartbeat. It turned out that one walk was not enough; optimally, if the mother maintained bodily contact with the baby for several minutes after she put him or her in bed. Walking turns on the “transport response,” but if you just put the baby down, his body will perceive it as the end of the transfer and become active again.
It is even better if the infant cries and is capricious because it is a tiring process for him. The young body uses up its energy for crying and loses activity more quickly. This does not apply when the child has something painful, so parents need to be attentive. As a result, scientists have concluded that the ancient rocking cradle is the ideal option for putting babies to sleep and not overtiring parents.