Can how a baby cries predict his or her future language skills?

According to a Japanese proverb: “A crying child thrives.” A recent study that examines the complexity of an infant’s cries in relation to his or her language development seems to offer a scientific basis for this folk wisdom.

For babies whose cries exhibited complex melodies by the age of two months, the study, published in the The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, says the probability of a language delay greatly decreases. Those whose cries were less complex had a greater chance of  language delays by two years.

In addition, the study examined the language development in infants with cleft lip and cleft palate. The findings suggest distinguishing characteristics heard in the cries of those infants with a cleft and those without. This research is important because the findings may offer new treatments to help language development for infants with clefts.

The psychology of crying is nothing new. In study after study, scientists have documented the catharsis that only a good cry can bring. For infants, crying is the sole form of communication and there are three distinct types: A “basic cry” is a rhythmic pattern consisting of a cry followed by silence; an “anger cry” is similar to a basic cry but with more volume due to the release of excessive air through the infant’s vocal chords; and a “pain cry” is a loud cry followed by periods of breath holding.

Infants also exhibit what is called a “simple cry melody” – a crying arc consisting of a single rise and then a fall. According to researchers, it is the segmentation of these melodies by momentary pauses and respiratory movement that leads to syllable production.

Speaking of babies – do bilingual babies actually have more brain power? Find out here.

White chocolate ice cream scoops up a grand finale

Chicago Sun-Times April 14, 1991 | Betty Rosbottom For the past few years, I have enjoyed being a member of a small book club. This reading group, composed of 10 women, meets monthly to discuss a literary work chosen by a fellow member. The selections have been as varied as the collective interests of this special circle.

The format for our gatherings is always the same: The person who picks the book hosts dinner and leads the discussion. What I like best is that members put a significant emphasis on the meal that accompanies our literary discussion. They are all of the mind that good food seems to sharpen the intellect as well as the palate.

This month it is my turn to host the get-together. After choosing Evan Connell’s Mr. Bridge and Mrs. Bridge as the books, I began to work on a menu. Since the setting for these books spans the 1920s and 1930s, I decided to prepare updated versions of dishes that are typical of that era.

For appetizers, there will be warm mushroom pinwheels (made with puff pastry instead of sandwich bread), followed by a casserole (casseroles figure prominently at the Bridges’ dinner table) of veal, red peppers and onions, and a tossed salad.

Ice cream seemed an appropriate dessert, but I wanted to serve something more interesting than several scoops in a sherbet glass. A good friend supplied me with a delicious recipe: a white chocolate ice cream terrine garnished with strawberry sauce.

The evening was a complete success. The conversation was lively and the food well received. And, of all the dishes offered, the dessert was the universal favorite. To make it, cream, half-and-half, vanilla and white chocolate are simmered together and combined with beaten eggs and sugar. For the sauce, fresh pureed strawberries are mixed with sugar, lemon juice and Triple Sec and then cooked. Both the terrine and the sauce can be made ahead so there is no last-minute work. RECIPE TOM JOHNSON’S WHITE CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM WITH STRAWBERRY SAUCE Terrine: website chocolate ice cream recipe

1 cup whipping cream 2 cups half-and-half 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 1 pound white chocolate, finely chopped 3 large eggs 1/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup Amaretto Strawberry sauce:

1/2 cup superfine sugar, or more if needed 1/2 cup Triple Sec 1 quart strawberries, rinsed, hulled and pureed in food processor or blender 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 10 to 12 fresh mint sprigs To prepare terrine, place cream, half-and-half and vanilla bean in large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat and heat until scalded. Reduce heat to bare simmer and simmer 30 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Remove vanilla bean, scrape pulp into cream mixture and discard pods.

Place 1/2-cup cream mixture in top of double boiler set over simmering water. Add chocolate and cook, stirring, until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat. see here chocolate ice cream recipe

Beat eggs on medium-high speed in bowl of electric mixer until frothy. Then in a thin stream, gradually add sugar. Beat several minutes until mixture is thick and pale yellow in color. Lower speed to slow and add Amaretto. On slow speed, add melted chocolate mixture and remaining cream mixture. Mix well to blend. Transfer mixture to ice cream machine and process according to manufacturer’s directions.

Line 1-quart terrine or loaf pan with 2 sheets of wax paper so that paper extends several inches over long sides of pan. Lightly grease paper with nonstick spray. Fill pan with ice cream mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 24 hours.

To prepare sauce, combine sugar and Triple Sec in medium, non-aluminum saucepan over medium-high heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Add berries and lemon juice and bring to simmer. Simmer, stirring, 5 minutes. Remove and cool. Taste and add additional sugar if necessary. Cover and refrigerate sauce. Sauce can be made 2 to 3 days ahead.

To unmold, run knife around edges of pan. Lift terrine out and remove paper. Cut terrine into 3/4-inch slices and serve on dessert plates. Garnish each serving with chilled strawberry sauce and mint sprig. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Betty Rosbottom


  1. herMom -  September 7, 2011 - 11:44 am

    may i just say your all wrong. okay i’m only joking but hey no don’t fight over something u have absolutely no control over unless its your child!
    children cry, they dont cry, movies, no movies…..this is LIFE people deal!

  2. jason -  August 25, 2011 - 2:47 am

    Pronunciation is defined as “the conventional patterns of treatment of the sound and stress patterns of a syllable or word.” Relaxed pronunciation, also called word slurring or condensed pronunciation, happens when

  3. jason -  August 25, 2011 - 2:47 am

    i agree

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  5. cloobinator -  August 19, 2011 - 7:30 pm

    “Uncomfortability”? I believe the correct term is “discomfort”…

  6. deji ogundimu -  August 5, 2011 - 6:41 pm

    I knew babies communicate through their cries but this is more of an indepth analysis .

  7. deji ogundimu -  August 5, 2011 - 6:38 pm

    I knew babies communicates through their cries but this is more of an indepth analysis .

  8. Stormy -  July 29, 2011 - 9:08 pm

    Rita – You Just Sound Mean.

  9. mirjo -  July 27, 2011 - 7:52 am

    Happier babies cry less? Now there’s some wisdom for ya. lol!

    The bottom line is that some babies cry a lot (are colicky, whatever) and some don’t. Those unfortunate parents who were blessed with an inconsolable infant –for whatever reason–are rightfully feeling attacked. As I stated before, researchers could better help parents, if they discovered what parents could do to help these infants when they cry uncontrollably for hours on end and whatnot. Apparently apparently colic is a GI issue causing cramps? If I had severe cramps for hours and was emotionally immature, I would wail nonstop too! babies cry when diapers are dirty, when hungry, tired, bored, want to be comforted, etc., b/c they can’t say they can’t communicate their needs any other way. When they’re happy, they smile and coo. Anyone who has had children knows this.

    So, duh, happier babies cry less. I don’t get the useless debate on cultural differences–an African (or other) baby has the same basic needs to be tended and communicates the same way.

  10. Muthasucka -  July 25, 2011 - 10:25 am

    @ Helena Rose

    Michele’s comment very much was judging parents for not meeting their baby’s needs, and she didn’t come close to saying “happier babies cry less often,” in fact she said “In many cultures, ONLY sick children cry” (emphasis mine).

    And, y’know what, even if she WAS saying “happier babies cry less often” that’s almost just as bad. So my baby was not a happy baby because he cried for food in the middle of the night? You people really need to get off your high horses.

    Our first child was a terrible breast feeder. He wouldn’t latch, couldn’t get good suction, and would stop eating soon after he started. We saw lactation consultants, used various contraptions to help him feed better, and he eventually got the hang of it.

    I’m betting that these wonderful cultures where women hold their babies all day long and enjoy the wisdom of their elders are also cultures with limited access to health care and medical information and likely have much higher infant mortality and illness rates than the West.

    Without proper access to formula, bottles, and feeders my baby would have died. I refuse to accept that there is one way to do something like feeding or caring for individual babies, or that one culture knows better than another. I think it’s chauvinistic and ignorant to make a blanket statement about the “proper” way someone else should raise their own child. There’s always something you haven’t considered.

  11. eater -  July 25, 2011 - 2:53 am

    sa is it about people speaking different languages or is it about people speaking same language but having different articulation capacity?

  12. Helena Rose -  July 24, 2011 - 3:24 pm

    Don’t have time to waste, but this seems rather catching topic, judging by the number of people writing in. Just wanted to say that couple of people here have been rather unkind to Michele Tehereux’s contribution, especially Muthasucka. Michele only tried to point out that happier babies cry less often, if was not judging parents if they can’t meet their baby’s needs for reasons such as having to go to work!

  13. mirjo -  July 24, 2011 - 2:42 pm

    We need more studies on how scientists come-up with “study” ideas. While the concept of complex vs simplistic cry tones predicting future language skills is fascinating (and certainly gives those ultra-proud parents a little something extra to coo about), isn’t there something else of more use that could be studied? Just because something is interesting and these things generally are, doesn’t mean the time and money wasted were worth it.

    I love babies, I think they’re wonderful, so I’m not a hater here. That said:

    @Nya “…but if the parents don’t think that at times, their baby is cute and fun, what kind of parents would they be?”

    The problem isn’t that parents think their baby is cute & fun, the problem is that they think everyone else shares the same opinion of Jr. and it’s not the case 90% (or more) of the time. Small children should be socialized, but when they start getting cranky/ disruptive to others, it’s time to leave. It’s called ‘common courtesy’ and it very much seems to be missing these days.

  14. Estevao -  July 24, 2011 - 12:59 pm

    Folks, l would like everybody knows that baby cries because it is a natural phenomenon, it means that baby is feeling or want something.

  15. Dragodrix -  July 24, 2011 - 7:08 am

    Seriously? Then this is pretty cool. So the next time I hear a baby cry, I walk up to it and ask it to cry again. Then I sit down, take notes and analyse the cry, whether it’s a basic, anger or pain cry-or if its a simple cry melody. Then I look up to the mother and tell her my results and also let her know if her baby is going to have a language delay or something. Yeah, I’ll do that.

  16. rtaylortitle -  July 24, 2011 - 7:01 am

    Poppycock! Try go shopping at Wally World (i.e. WalMart) one pleasant day to do some casual shopping and listen to the non-stop-mother-doesn’t-care crying, yelling, screaming and tantrums. It drives other shoppers crazy. Nothing cute or portentious about it. It just exhibits how the mothers themselves are guilty of coddling and spoiling. I’ve never seen such inane habits and lack of courteous social behavior.

  17. Carlitos -  July 24, 2011 - 5:01 am

    I would welcome any arrogant, right-brained, wordsmart and learned professor, doctor, man, woman, etc., to dare profess that they know more than a well-balanced, attuned, attentive and intuitive mother who has grown said baby, birthed it, nursed it and held it all those times…

    A mother who knows how to be a mother has gained that knowledge via instinct/collective-unconscious or whatever you want to call it, over a thousand generations of trial and error, success and failure, and here comes “Mr. Nerdsworth” who thinks he can figure it out with some limited study and after reading some books, maybe even writing a few.

    Now that being said, there is often a disconnect between mother and baby in the Western world. Don’t worry African or Asian mom- your time is coming too and your children will also suffer your selfishness. In an ever-more individualized society with more and more of a need for instant gratification and a 30 second answer to everything, maternal instinct will be reduced in favor of “Dr. Fahkstick’s Guide to Happy and healthy Babies.”

  18. Z Z Z -  July 24, 2011 - 4:53 am

    As far as I know, boys development are slower than girls.
    Glad that i have blessed with baby girl who’s now 1 year and 4 mos old.
    Very healthy and clever baby.
    Nothing I could ask for more…
    Thankful to God for a very PRECIOUS GIFT..:)

  19. cml -  July 23, 2011 - 7:47 pm

    I wonder if a baby that cries complex melodies is more partial to the melodies themselves. We hear them in the way people speak and sing. Maybe the babies are partial to the motion of notes? The say the musically inclinded can understand language more. Of course, that’s just an idea. It just crossed my mind reading the article. I like articles that make people think. It makes communication interesting.

  20. icrt -  July 23, 2011 - 6:45 pm

    desfd on July 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm
    am i the only one who’s confused by: “For babies whose cries exhibited complex melodies by the age of two months, … the probability of a language delay greatly decreases. Those whose cries were less complex had a greater chance of language delays by two years.”
    so if you have a complex cry, sorry you’ll have a language delay. less complex? oh sorry, language delay.”


    “greately DECREASES”
    They are not saying the same.

    Besides, (sorry, I’m not English so mind any mistakes)… besides, the important thing about this article its not about language delay being a big issue and how to prevent it.
    The fact that scientists found the connection between the crying and the language delay. That’s what this article is about. because this new discover opens doors to development in new treatments for kids born with clefts.
    Its not like people need to be worried checking the child’s type of crying so they can know if hes gonna talk before or after hes 2 yrs old.

    Or am I wrong? =/

  21. marian45 -  July 23, 2011 - 5:33 pm

    I agree with Michelle!

  22. BIBINGKA -  July 23, 2011 - 5:08 pm

    it’s really fun and interesting to see people here discussing about certain things.:O but some of you guys (not to mention the names) tend to gone far out :P

  23. loves2read -  July 23, 2011 - 3:47 pm

    Not one of the 46 comments has acknowledged the mention of cleft palatte or craniofacial issue in the article and its complications with language development……

  24. Cees Visser -  July 23, 2011 - 3:03 pm

    Please read the book on “The brain is me” by Dick Swaab.

  25. sa -  July 23, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    i totally agree with you mr. cfitz, in as far as your argument with regards to the components of the article is concerned. however, your saying that this is a stupid article is a little to my inconvenience. i will, therefore, hereby endeavor to explain to you why i think that. the ability of speaking, in all human beings alike, is an amazing one that should not be taken for granted. it is in fact, a complex framework operating in the mind. these operations may be performed, by individuals, either effectively or not. the study of such operations is, vaguely called, linguistics. it attempts to understand why are there different individuals with different language skills and how can it be possible to improve these language skills, in individuals with language difficulties by way of teaching them on a scientific basis. this discipline, like maths, physics and science, is purely scientific. laying its foundation on neurolinguistics and phsycholinguistics, it is one of the most acclaimed fields in language teaching, whether French, English, Arabic or any other language is considered. is that it?

  26. Destiny Hope -  July 23, 2011 - 7:14 am

    What the hell is going on! you’re noisier than a crying baby! hahahaha.. just kidding!^.^

  27. Nya -  July 23, 2011 - 6:36 am

    Kidless – I agree with most of the things that you have mentioned. However, you imply that age has something to do with when people are ready to raise a baby responsibly, when really, this has more to do with mental maturity. Some couples are able to hold a job and care for a baby properly at the age of 20, or younger (although I personally wouldn’t recommend it). Also, what’s wrong with posting an abundance of pictures on fb? Couples SHOULD enjoy taking/sharing pictures of their babies and spending that time with them. If anything, it further suggests that they’re doing a good job. Not that I believe it’s mandatory, but what’s wrong with it? I understand that babies can be a pain to both the parents and other people that may be around it, but if the parents don’t think that at times, their baby is cute and fun, what kind of parents would they be?

  28. clark -  July 23, 2011 - 6:18 am

    i have know one baby is crying because the clip in his/her diaper pinch in her waistline now does that mean something is aching. But no tune huh.

  29. lollollol -  July 23, 2011 - 1:34 am

    Is It true? Never heard of it…

  30. Chris -  July 23, 2011 - 1:25 am

    Hmm… I dunno if I go for this one. BUT I do see a correlation between aural babies (babies attracted to sound) vs visual babies. Aural babies seem to be better tuned into language and speak earlier. This is of course with a personal sampling over a decade, certainly not scientific. I would be interested in seeing a study about that. Babies who are interested in sound are very obviously so (as in if you make certain sounds they snap to attention)… it is dramatic. Not saying that they are “better” or anything and visual babies seem to be equally obviously interested in visual stimuli, but I could see a correlation with that facility and spoken language.

  31. Denise -  July 22, 2011 - 8:10 pm

    I’m with Michelle. sort of. Western babies seem to cry way more than children in other cultures……I am not going to speculate as to why. I know in the west, we tend to be more isolated, everyone has their separate beds, houses, yards, toys,etc and nursing usually ends early. I have to say, I have one child and he only cried when he was hungry or tired. I don’t know if its related but I nursed him until he was 2 1/2.

  32. Lefty -  July 22, 2011 - 6:18 pm

    Sorry letter z! Learn why z was removed from the alphabet, and what now-extinct letter used to be No. 27
    May 24, 2011…. To be exact Reemus!!!

  33. Lefty -  July 22, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    Get off your High Horse CFitz!! So what if other people have nothing better to do than to comment silly stuff on here for fun!!

  34. Lefty -  July 22, 2011 - 5:40 pm

    Reemus wrong article!! That comment belongs to an article a month ago or so!!LOL!!

  35. ALexis -  July 22, 2011 - 5:29 pm

    Cool!!!!!! I should tell my Aunt she has two kids one is 1 the other one is a month old!

  36. Reemus -  July 22, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    What?! They’re getting rid of the letter ‘Z’? That’s not fair! I love ‘Z’!

  37. CFitz -  July 22, 2011 - 2:02 pm

    The article was simply about the correlation between the sound of the cry to speech development later. You all need to find better things to do with your time than pick apart a stupid article.

  38. kidless -  July 22, 2011 - 1:54 pm

    First of all People need to cool it with the baby makin. Do you know how many people without the means to raise a kid are out there having them willy-nilly? It’s ridiculous. We’re supposed to be a civilized society now — reproduce responsibly or don’t at all. So sick of these naive 20 year olds working at Dairy Queen thinking it’s all fun and games and cute to post 700 pics on facebook — so they have one. Socondly, crying is normal. They are given that ability for a reason. It’s not a parent’s job to prevent crying at every possible second. It’s ok, it’s how they communicate and gain lung strength. Relax. Having said that, parents CAN tend to the crying in public places a little more — it’s my night out to eat at a restaurant too — like I want to hear junior all night. wear a condom. birth control. peace!

  39. Aremznirp -  July 22, 2011 - 1:43 pm

    hahahaha… do you still remember the last time you cried when you were still a kid?

  40. zach -  July 22, 2011 - 1:38 pm

    michelle teheux: of all the ignorant and self-serving comments on here, yours is the worst. it seems to me, as a father of two, that the people who “know” so much about babies, like you, generally don’t have any. babies cry. it’s all they can do, except nurse. for a few months, at least. there are no silent babies. you are taking a small amount of informatin and attempting to pass it off as a lot. it isn’t working.

  41. N/A -  July 22, 2011 - 12:00 pm

    thats so cool to know!!!

  42. Book Beater -  July 22, 2011 - 11:18 am

    I vote dw the Sagacious Mother of the Day award.

  43. Rita -  July 22, 2011 - 10:30 am

    Very well said Righty!!

  44. Cyberquill -  July 22, 2011 - 10:24 am

    They should also do a study to examine whether babies with complex cries turn into better or worse lovers later in life. Actually, they could probably just check for a correlation between language skills and bedroom skills among adults.

  45. dw -  July 22, 2011 - 8:31 am

    Whew. Thanks sa. That’s what I was thinking! Just wondering…. betcha Michelle does not have children! I do, and believe me, all babies are different. Some just LOVE to cry, whine, etc. Pretty much like some adults trying to communicate a point with no basis for argument! HA.

  46. bholland -  July 22, 2011 - 8:06 am

    @desfd : Read it again. It says the more complex the crying, the more of a decrease in time to develop language skills. Babies with fewer crying methods will have a longer language development time.

  47. Arturo Mendoza Paz, Hyo, Peru -  July 22, 2011 - 7:55 am

    I love you Mathias !!!

  48. Arturo Mendoza Paz, Hyo, Peru -  July 22, 2011 - 7:54 am

    Crying can be funny,”annoying”,disruptive,etc. Call it whatever you like, but have you seen a baby after crying and then sleeping?…. How gorgeous he looks!!!!!

  49. robert -  July 22, 2011 - 6:53 am


  50. sa -  July 22, 2011 - 5:42 am

    despite the controversy, discussed by contributors, in regards to the cries of babies, which are presumably a herald of a linguistic development in babies talk. it should be pointed out that the arguments of this article are most accurate and cogent. we, therefore, in order to avoid any species of confusion, need to concentrate on the findings of the articles, which are, as it might be noticed, not about whether a baby cries less often when he receives the full affection of his mother neither is it about whether babies are disturbing at the movies. hence, no other argument is valid except this one. babies who cry, more often than not, in a greater number and varied cries, are somehow more likely to develop speaking skills earlier in their life. that is it.

  51. eater -  July 22, 2011 - 4:23 am

    Crying for infant is a way to express their uncomfortability. e.g if temperature is bogging him he may let out a cry or if sound around is too harsh for his ear he will cry. Eventually with development of mind and repressions of emotions it becomes a means of relieving oneself of pain and any repressed emotion.

    I wonder how crying is related to language development process because cry is an expression (infants are not communicating )knowing a language is a learning process. Some children pick early and some take time. But all do the picking up part as per their nature. There is no early picking or late picking for an infant. Probably research should be more on why each child is born with different nature, some are quite, some playful, some cry most of the time (this was me.).

  52. Ramamurthi -  July 22, 2011 - 4:01 am

    In india the mothers know the childs have knowledge to learn in their mothers woomb.A story in maha bharata. like abhimanu,we practicly examined a chaild in birth few hours his father put him on his belly the baby try to swimming onthe table now the boy learn 12 languages his father is ssy guru. our honorble priminster P.V. Narasimha Rao late knows 12 languages.

  53. Book Beater -  July 22, 2011 - 2:13 am

    @ Michelle Teheux
    Rubbish right back at you. If I had a nickel for every time I bounced and shu shued a not; hungry,sick,neglected,pained baby I would have at least enough for a cup of Starbucks coffee.
    As for the actual issue: the loquacious three year olds I have known from birth cried normal cries. Just as did the six year olds who still had trouble with S or R sounds.

  54. Sulaiman Mahir -  July 22, 2011 - 12:40 am

    This article seems to prove that crying of a baby is an excited tune. This discovery is contrary to that of my mother tongue tradition. In Hausa, a northern Nigerian most popular tribe, baby crying is simply a ‘wailing’. It is used to discover whether that baby’s stomach or ear is paining him

  55. yayRay Shell :) -  July 21, 2011 - 8:36 pm

    I like your comment Arney.

    This is pretty interesting. Some people are saying that if we teach babies to cry then they will be smarter. I think dictionary.com is trying to say that just naturally if a baby cries that it could predict the future. If they don’t cry a lot that doesn’t mean we try to teach them how to cry. You hurry to intensely teach them about language.

    But really people? Teach people to cry? Sounds like the Egyptians who hired mourners for funerals.

  56. Emily331 -  July 21, 2011 - 7:50 pm

    I agree with ‘Vladman477′ i have a baby sister and it is sooooooo annoying wen she cries

  57. Archon -  July 21, 2011 - 7:42 pm

    @ desfd

    “cries exhibited complex melodies….probability of language delay greatly DECREASES”! Try reading it again. The rest of us got it.

  58. Rita -  July 21, 2011 - 6:26 pm

    I totally agree with Vladman477 on July 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    No matter what you say, a crying baby is still annoying. Especially at the movies that you paid your hard earn money just to be ruin by a crying baby!! Please leave the baby with the Nanny or wait a couple of years until you have a date night!!

  59. Rita -  July 21, 2011 - 6:18 pm

    A good cry never hurt anyone! I believe that after you checked the diaper and made sure the baby was not hungry your job is done! You don’t want to spoil the baby and getting the baby used to being picked up every time it cries!

  60. Lefty -  July 21, 2011 - 6:10 pm

    Why in the world do parents take babies to the movies?? They are not going to sleep through the whole movie they are gonna cry at some point and ruin the movie for everyone else!! So new parents out there hire a nanny or just wait a few more years till you take your baby out!!

  61. Righty -  July 21, 2011 - 4:25 pm

    Lefty, the article was talking about BABIES. You can’t “spoil” a baby. Their wants are needs. They only have needs. Ignoring them won’t make hunger, pain, confusion, loneliness and its fear go away. They don’t “want attention” in the way that you mean it. They NEED someone to let them know everything is OK. They are like mentally deficient quadraplegics. They can’t get from place to place, they can’t pick something up, and if something is put already into their fists, they’re likely to poke out an eye. They are also significantly mentally deficient for months, in that they have no sense of time and no idea of “object permanence. When Mom is out of the room, she is gone FOREVER! “WHO is going to help me now?” —- You can only get a “brat” out of someone as old as a toddler. Someone with the mental skills to learn to MANIPULATE to get not just their NEEDS met, but also their whims/wants.

  62. Vladman477 -  July 21, 2011 - 3:13 pm

    No matter what you say, a crying baby is still annoying.

  63. desfd -  July 21, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    am i the only one who’s confused by: “For babies whose cries exhibited complex melodies by the age of two months, … the probability of a language delay greatly decreases. Those whose cries were less complex had a greater chance of language delays by two years.”

    so if you have a complex cry, sorry you’ll have a language delay. less complex? oh sorry, language delay

  64. christy godwin -  July 21, 2011 - 2:40 pm

    No one cqn get but u

  65. Muthasucka -  July 21, 2011 - 2:29 pm

    In these cultures where only sick children cry do they not wear diapers? Do they never get woken up accidentally? Do they never get overtired? Do the mother’s never put them down for a second? And I assume they’re all expert breast feeders who never have a child refuse the breast, since the “proper care” of children doesn’t include formula or bottles. Also, I guess these wonderful cultures have no poverty and everything is provided by the state, thus obviating the need for some mothers to work at least part of the time and not wear their babies ALL DAY LONG. Tell me, where are these magical cultures you speak of and in hat other ways are they so superior than our awful Western ways?

    Besides, the article isn’t about whether or not babies should cry, it’s about how crying correlates to language skills. Keep your smug superiority to yourself.

  66. Iamthatthatiam -  July 21, 2011 - 2:17 pm

    Michelle- are you sure? when did we forget this forgotten wisdom? do you remember?

  67. Michelle Teheux -  July 21, 2011 - 1:07 pm

    Rubbish! In many cultures, only sick children cry. We have forgotten this wisdom because we don’t remember how to care for children so that they don’t need to cry. A child normally cries as a last resort, and only if his or her needs and cues have been ignored. In cultures in which babies are carried close to the mother’s body and given free access to the breast and otherwise cared for properly, you’ll hear very little crying. An example: An infant will “tell” you he is hungry for about 30 minutes before he cries. You watch his mouth. You watch how he puts his hands to his mouth. The infant is clearly telling you he wants to eat. Yet, if ignored, his hunger grows and he finally, in desperation, cries. He is saying, “I’ve been asking to be fed for half an hour — I am now so hungry that I’m crying. Please feed me now!”

  68. Arney -  July 21, 2011 - 11:23 am

    So we should teach a child how to cry then. How about crying in the tune of ‘Born this way’,and the baby ended up being Lady gaga.

  69. Lefty -  July 21, 2011 - 11:14 am

    You don’t want to spoil the little brat then it will cry all the time just to get your attention!!


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