Babies who don’t get any attention for two minutes become anxious, according to a US study
A study has found that babies produce higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol if they are completely ignored for two minutes or longer.
But it doesn’t mean that you have to have constant contact with your baby 24 hours of the day!
The research by the University of Toronto found that babies from the age of six-months feel stressed and anxious when they were ignored. The results were based on a study with 30 mums and babies. The babies were put in car seats and played with by their mums but interspersed with two-minute periods, where the mums completely ignored the babies.
When the baby’s cortisol levels were measured, they found that they were higher after the baby was ignored. However, the results were based on mums playing with the baby and then stopping suddenly, which perhaps understandably left the baby feeling confused and upset.
“The results suggest that infants have the capacity to become stressed based on expectations about how their parents will treat them,” Dr David Haley who led the study said.
its pretty impossible to attend to your child imeadiatly every single time, even the first one, i mean, you could be in the bath or on the loo,
i didnt have to leave jack to cry, he was an extremely content baby, now hes a toddler, its another story, and some nights tantrums last several hours, i leave him, i know he is safe, and if me or roo are with him he lashes out, when left alone he lays in bed screams it out and is fine in minutes, i have a video monitor and watch his every move from outside the door.
lola on the other hand, was an extremely needy baby, and at 16mnths had never ever slept in a cot or a room alone, so we did tough love, first night she cried for 10minutes with me going in every 2mins to pat her and say, sleep now, second night she went to bed like a lamb,
id rather not do it, i cry more than them, but i waited until they were talking age and it worked
What I mean is I don't like a very young baby being left to cry. Jack is now 15 months, and I still don't like to leave him cry during the night, but if he's having a little yantrum during the day, then I'll let him cry.
As children get older, they can deal with it better, but a small baby can't - and is not doing it just for attention.
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