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Babies fake crying for attention

Posted by on Jan. 17, 2014 at 8:10 AM
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Did your baby ever 'fake a cry'? Do you believe this?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10577825/Babies-do-fake-cry-to-get-attention-according-to-research.html

Babies do fake cry to get attention according to research

Babies do 'fake' cry to get attention according to new research by Japanese psychologists

One way of spotting fake crying, according to the researchers, was when the babies were more capable of smiling immediately after crying ceased
One way of spotting fake crying, according to the researchers, was when the babies were more capable of smiling immediately after crying ceased Photo: ALAMY

Babies as young as seven months use fake crying to get attention according to new research.

Japanese researchers observed the crying patterns of two girls - aged seven and nine months - over a six month period.

Dr Hiroka Nakayama, from Sacred Heart University in Tokyo, said that the younger child exhibited instances of fake crying that appeared to be to get the mother's attention.

However while most people might take a negative view of fake crying, Dr Nakayama said it can actually have a positive impact on a parent's relationship with their child.

She said fake crying is a useful form of communication that "contributes greatly not only to an infant’s socials envelopment but also to their emotional development."

The children observed for an hour twice a month and recorded with a video camera.

The younger child had 68 crying episodes while the elder child had 34 crying episodes.

The study, which was published in the Infant Behaviour and Development journal, focused on the occurrence of positive and negative emotions in the moments immediately before and after the babies stopped crying.

Negative emotion was defined as when the were infants "were seemingly distressed" while positive emotions were defined as "when infants were seemingly not distressed, or were in a good mood."

While in most cases negative behaviour was observed immediately before and after crying, there were exceptions.

Positive behaviour was observed even just before crying began and also soon after crying stopped. These were crying behaviours that the mother identified as "fake crying" or "emergence of fake crying".

In one instance the younger child was playing with her mother, when the mother moved away (but remained within the infant's sight) from the infant for a short time.

The baby appeared to cry deliberately to get her mother’s attention. When she appeared to be successful and the mother returned, the baby smiled.

Fake crying was more easily spotted, according to the researchers, when the babies tended to smile immediately after crying ceased.

The researchers also noted that the younger baby which exhibited more fake crying behaviour was a sibling whereas the other baby was an only child.

The sibling therefore had to compete for her attention according to the research: "Siblings can enrich social interactions at home and increase their variety. Such environmental factors are known to stimulate the development of communication skills of infants."

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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 8:19 AM
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Hahaha that is hilarious. What a way to understand a very obvious thing that everyone knows. Babies cry for attention. ..those little sneaks! Who knew?

Yes both my girls "fake cried" when they were babies. Half the time they would stop if I just smsmiled at them or gave them a toy. Can you believe yhe nerve? So manipulative. I would say only one time in 50 did they have an actual reason to cry, like a serious illness or injury.

Lol joking for hard to read sarcasm.
Mom2Just1
by Gold Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 8:23 AM
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The things they research. Whether my baby is fake crying or not... I respond to their cries.
MethuenMom
by on Jan. 17, 2014 at 8:36 AM
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 Absolutely I believe it.  My DD used to do this as a baby and into her toddler stage. I remember her being in her walker and crying and I would kneel down in front of her and in a goofy voice I'd say 'What would the princess like know'.  She'd stop crying immediately and smile. As soon as I would get up, she'd cry. 

I blame hubby.  I swear her feet didn't hit the ground until she was a year old because he used to carry her everywhere!  :)

Babies are overly cute for a reason!  They act like little a-holes that can tap dance on your last good nerve.  We wouldn't put up with that behavior from another adult....LOL

lga1965
by Ruby Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 8:49 AM
They do. :-)
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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 8:52 AM
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They aren't faking. FFS...that is the only way they have to communicate.

It's a learned behavior. I cry, someone comes. That is how it is supposed to work. There is nothing fake about it.

MrsSamMerlotte
by Bronze Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Oh good, now I can feel better about totally ignoring my babies!  lol

canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM
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I think 'fake' was the wrong word, 'non distressed' might have been a better choice.

Quoting UpSheRises:

They aren't faking. FFS...that is the only way they have to communicate.


It's a learned behavior. I cry, someone comes. That is how it is supposed to work. There is nothing fake about it.

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UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 9:09 AM
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 Its irresponsible of them to use that language. That's the kind of stuff that makes parents think its okay to let a 10 day old "cry it out".

Quoting canadianmom1974: I think 'fake' was the wrong word, 'non distressed' might have been a better choice.

Quoting UpSheRises:

They aren't faking. FFS...that is the only way they have to communicate.


It's a learned behavior. I cry, someone comes. That is how it is supposed to work. There is nothing fake about it.

 

happymia
by Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM
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Of course they do! My youngest dd was the queen of the fake cry, she knew that she was the princess in the house!
snookyfritz
by Gold Member on Jan. 17, 2014 at 9:16 AM
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Those devious little devils

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