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Should I let the baby cry? The answer to is clear: NO. There are different theories on this subject, some of them come from prestigious professionals, others from close relatives, and in the end the parents with the baby that comes home do not know very well what to do.
The baby's cry is his means of communication with adults. If we think about it the baby does not know how to do anything other than cry when he needs something.
Many times the baby just needs physical contact. We all have experiences of babies who are very calm and can be in their stroller all day, and other babies who need very close and very constant physical contact. It is true that these babies are 'high demand'. They demand a lot of dedication and attention from parents and caregivers. But we must know that since children are born they have their own character, and we have to adapt to them in principle, and then gradually modulate the traits that we can change.
Letting the baby cry can make the child less intelligent, less healthy, more anxious and uncooperative, therefore it can harm children and their ability to relate to others even in the long term. It is advisable to give the baby what he needs, this makes them more independent later.
And what does the baby need? Well, at birth the baby claims a situation similar to the one it had in its mother's womb, that is, being held in her arms, with breastfeeding on demand, a stable and comfortable temperature… Meeting these needs favors proper development. When the baby is scared and his parents hug and comfort him, the baby feels safe and confirms that he can be calmed by another, and understands that the other can meet his needs. If not, the baby may develop a lack of trust in interpersonal relationships, in others, and in himself.
If the baby gets used to having to cry to get what he needs (eating, having his diaper changed, being held, being caressed or kissed), he is learning that he must scream to have his needs attended to, and he may be more complaining, unhappy, aggressive and demanding, and retain a sense of insecurity throughout your life.
Studies show that caregivers who respond to the baby's needs quickly, preventing him from entering into significant distress, will be helping your baby to be more independent, and not the other way around. (Stein and Newcomb 1994).
The baby will not be spoiled and crying for picking up and shaking him, but rather the opposite. At times it is clear that we will not be able to calm his crying immediately, many times even due to external circumstances (for example, we cannot get him out of the car seat in the middle of the highway) but we must keep in mind that it is the best for the baby.
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