There’s A Reason Babies Stop Crying When You Stand Up

Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mothers. The other big thing is that babies love movement. They like being able to see and experience knew things. If you are just sitting the baby gets bored of seeing the same thing and the mother and baby hearts and breathing are not in rythme therefore not in synch.

Key Takeaways:

  • Babies like when you stand up because they are needy and don’t like their cribs.
  • Standing up elicits the calming response which will make them stop crying and act better overall
  • Survival is higher in infants who’s mothers stand up when they cry.

“The whole thing has to do with evolution, say the authors of a 2013 study in published in Current Biology. Basically, you’ve got to think of the earliest years of homo sapiens – you know, hanging out in the wild with all kinds of predators ready to grab us and turn us into dinner.”

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Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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