The practical implications of the research on holding and touching is that if you want a baby that cries less, one useful thing that you can do, especially when they are in their youngest months, is to carry them and hold them as much as you can. While this kind of increased holding may become less important as infants continue to develop past about 3 months of age, touch plays an important role across the lifespan in such things as calming children, adolescents and adults, reducing depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress symptoms, reducing pain, increasing alertness, and many other beneficial outcomes, according to Dr. Tiffany Field, a psychologist at The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami.7 In her book, Dr. Field makes a convincing case that in the United States, and possibly other Northern European related cultures, we are essentially touch deprived relative to many other cultures.
Controlled crying was an era in parenting advice that was on its way to dead and buried – like ‘bottle is best’, 4 hourly feeds or solids at 2 months; or, so many of us thought.
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