A baby yawns in his crib.
Rocking and walking with the baby is essential to calm the little one
Another key point is to keep him on your lap once he has fallen asleep.
After five minutes of strolling in the arms, all the children in the study stopped crying.
Carrying the baby in your arms so that it stops crying is as old as the world. Now a japanese scientific study confirms it and improves it. The work published in the magazine Current Biology and made by the center RIKEN from Japan finds the key for the little ones to calm down and sleep.
The formula is walk with the baby in arms for five minutes and once calm, do not leave him in the crib, otherwise sit with him on your lap for another five minutes at least, before leaving him in his bed.
The study ensures that this is the first phase of sleep, in which it is easier to wake up, so keeping the baby together until he sleeps deeply is essential. According to the researchers, the system would make e65% of children will not wake up after being placed in the crib.
The calm movement
Four modalities were investigated: walking with them in your arms, putting them in a rocking chair, sitting with them on your lap, or leaving them in a crib. The first options proved to be the most effective. This indicates that movement is essential to calm the little ones. After that walk almost half of the little ones had fallen asleep and all had stopped crying.
Kumi Kuroda, the person in charge of the study, assures that the children fall asleep independently if they are walked by their mother, father or another caregiver. “The important thing is that it is a person with whom you feel safe,” she assures the newspaper El País.
But walking is not enough. To help them sleep soundly, the study says you need to hold them for at least five minutes once they’ve fallen asleep.
The study has been carried out on 21 babies up to 7 months of age. A figure that the researchers themselves admit is small and will need to be expanded in future research. Furthermore, the experiments were only done on crying babies, their efficacy in other circumstances has yet to be tested.
The scientific discovery collides with pediatric theories that recommend not sleeping babies in arms.