Bringing a new baby into the world can be a joyous occasion, but that immediate high begins to wane a little once parents bring their bundle of joy home and realize that the idea of sleep is a thing of the past. Babies and crying are an inseparable duo, but according to a new study, the amount a newborn cries can be linked to the country he or she is born in.
Researchers at England’s University of Warwick found that babies born in Germany, Denmark and Japan cry the least, while those born in Britain, Italy, Netherlands and Canada rank as the worst criers.
“Babies are already very different in how much they cry in the first weeks of life – there are large but normal variations,” researcher Dieter Wolker reported in the findings. “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.”
While the survey analyzed 8700 infants, its geographical scope was somewhat limited, but it provides a start for those looking to find key reasons behind the tears. It also gives health professionals guidance for addressing parents who are concerned about their newborn’s crying habits.