They have three distinct cries: the basic cry, the pain cry and the “I’m really mad cry”.
By the time an infant is only three weeks old, they cry for attention. It’s a very powerful form of communication because it causes an increase in heart rate, electrifies the skin and increases overall physical arousal in both parents and non-parents alike.
The strength of the adult response is determined by the type of cry.
The pain cry is the most unpleasant of all and causes the greatest level of distress in parenting adults. Predictably, first time parents respond with the greatest level of intensity.
Unpredictable and uncontrollable noises cause the most stress. Barking dogs and crying babies fit this category. Both make you act. You can’t just roll over and go back to sleep. So, change baby’s diaper and give her a snack. Bring in the dog and go back to sleep!
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