British research has shown that babies in the Netherlands cry more than babies from other countries. Babies from Great Britain, Canada and Italy are also crying more and more often. Babies cry the least when they come from Denmark, Japan or Germany can be read in the report.
Does this mean that the "complaining of the Dutchman" is already there from a very early age?
In this study psychologists from Great Britain looked at the crying behavior of babies younger than three months worldwide. From the results of that research they have made the first universal table that shows what normal crying behavior is in this period.
According to Dieter Wolker, who led the research at the University of Warwick, babies are very different in the amount they cry in the first weeks of their lives.
We can learn more by looking at the cultures of the countries where babies cry less. Is this the parents, experiences with the pregnancy or is it genetically determined.
Babies cry for an average of 2 hours per day
The research showed that a baby cries an average of 2 hours a day in the first two weeks. In the following weeks they cry a little more until 6 weeks after birth. Then there is a clear peak of it 2 hours and 15 minutes per day. From there, the crying decreases to about 1 hour and 10 minutes per day until they are 12 weeks old.
But there are also clear differences. There are babies who only cry for 30 minutes a day and others cry for more than five hours a day!
The research is published in the "Journal of Pediatrics". A total of 8,700 babies participated from different countries.
The results of this research can be used to reassure parents if they have a baby that cries a lot.
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