We have all experienced these situations when all the needs of the baby seem to have been met. He is not too hot or too cold, but comfortable. His diapers are fresh. He is well fed and not ill. Everything seems to be just fine, and you have been spending beautiful moments playing together. But then, suddenly, your baby starts wailing. This is the kind of crying that can stump anyone simply because there seems to be NO apparent reason!
Well, a group of Japanese researchers has been conducting studies on how and why babies cry. And their research has found out what exactly your baby is trying to tell you when he cries for no obvious reason. As part of this research study, the Japanese researchers analyzed the cries of two babies over a period of six months. They evaluated baby's emotions before crying, such as distressed sounds, frowns, and smiles, and their emotions after crying stopped. This is what they found - and it's a sign of how smart our babies are!
Both babies were often unhappy just before they started crying and even after crying stopped. But in one instance, one of the babies showed positive emotions a few seconds before crying! How was this possible? If she was happy, why did she cry?
It turned out that the baby's positive emotions were triggered because her mother was playing with her. But then she left for a while. And this is what made the baby cry! Her smile returned again after the mother returned. So, the crying was actually a plan on the baby's part to seek her mother's attention! In this case, the only reason the little one is crying is because he wants your attention and wants you to play with him! How smart!
Yes, the instances of attention-seeking cries are rare. They are more likely to happen when baby has siblings to compete with for your attention. Wanting attention is a very basic need, even for a child, and getting enough of it will affect your baby positively in the short and long run.