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Why Babies Calm When Held and Rocked

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Does your baby seem to just want to be endlessly held and walked around? It can be exhausting feeling like you can't catch a break. Know that you are not alone, it's actually in our babies' makeup. Researchers have found that babies calm when being held and rocked because it is merely instinctual for them. The feeling of the sway combined with the mother's heartbeat close is something that soothes them in a natural, comforting way. 

"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 mother," a study in Current Biology says. Even mice were found to have a calming response to being carried by the mother. 

So on the harder days when baby insists on being held and walked around, throw on a carrier to help bring the support both you and baby need. And know your nurturing way of soothing your baby brings both of you closer to one another, building confidence and trust in the bond you are creating naturally and beautifully. 

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