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Danish Babies Cry Less Than Babies In Other Developed Countries. Why Is That?

Date November 28, 2018

Babies’ crying is a universal phenomenon, but it looks like babies from certain countries cry less compared to babies elsewhere. That’s what one study published in 2017 in the Journal of Pediatrics found.

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What the study found

According to the study's results, Denmark, Germany, and Japan have the calmest babies. On the other hand, babies from the UK, Canada, and Italy cried more compared to babies living in other developed countries. But why is that?

Several factors may be at play, and these include families' socioeconomic status, caregiving styles, parents’ techniques of soothing their babies, and feeding patterns.

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Professor Dieter Wolke, the lead author of the study, told The Guardian:

Babies are already very different in how much they cry in the first weeks of life – there are large but normal variations. We may learn more from looking at cultures where there is less crying and whether this may be due to parenting or other factors relating to pregnancy experiences or genetics.

Danish babies were found to be the least fussy ones, and it may have to do not just with Danish parenting style, but also with the country’s policies. These include paid parental leave, which allows parents to stress less about finances and spend more time with little ones.

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Jessica Joelle Alexander, a Danish parenting expert, told SheKnows:

The first year of a child’s life is considered so important in Denmark… Danish parents are much less stressed because they get good maternity and paternity leave.

Iben Dissing Sandahl, Alexander’s colleague, added:

We are surrounded by social support and are less likely to become angry, sad or frustrated when our babies are crying… instead, we try to connect with the babies when they cry.

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A few techniques to calm a crying baby

A well-fed, well-rested, healthy baby in a clean diaper may cry anyway, much to his parents’ frustration. There are some ways to calm crying babies, and they work with varying degrees of success. Try one or more of these to help your baby calm down:

  1. Pick up the baby and rock him gently, like this renowned pediatrician from California recommends (works for babies aged 3 months or younger).
  2. Play your baby calm music or sing him a lullaby.
  3. Take the baby from his crib for a brief walk.
  4. Offer the baby a pacifier.

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It’s also important to teach babies to calm themselves. Dr. Robert Block shared this tip in an interview with Time:

Put your baby down gently on his back, somewhere safe like a crib, and walk away.

The crying becomes less and less frequent as babies grow up, so parents should simply be patient and wait it out.

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