Why Does Infant Carying Soothe Babies when Other Things Fail?

Every parent has had the experience of having to walk around carrying a crying baby to soothe him.   We have a lot of different ways to soothe a crying baby, but when all else fails, carrying often does the trick.  Why does carrying succeed when other strategies--including merely holding the baby--fail?Studying the process of infant soothing is extremely important because inconsolable babies are more susceptible to abusive treatment by parents.  Understanding the psychological or biological m … [Read more...]