Why African Babies Don’t Cry
It may seem like an odd phenomenon but African babies often don’t cry. Research has found that in some African tribes, by the age of 10 weeks, babies rarely cry in similar ways to babies in other parts of the world. There are several possible reasons for this behavior.
1. Different Food Sources
African countries often have food sources of better quality and variety than other parts of the world. This means that babies may not experience the same hunger pangs that babies in other countries might feel. As such, they may not experience this urge to cry for food or attention.
2. Early Bonding with Mothers
Bonding with the mother soon after birth is important in African cultures, as it helps the mother feel secure that her baby is safe and well. This is seen as a bonding exercise and has the effect of allowing the mother to bond with the baby sooner, and lessen the babies need to cry for comfort or security.
3. Oral Tradition
Oral tradition plays a big part in many African cultures and this is seen in the way that babies are raised and taught. Storytelling and gentle lullabies are a common way that babies are comforted, as opposed to those from other parts of the world who may be comforted through more modern ways such as rocking or swaddling.
4. Different Communication
In some African countries, it can be a way of life for babies not to vocalise their emotions as much as those from other parts of the world due to the different form of communication that may be taught. This in turn can mean that babies aren’t as inclined to cry when they feel distressed or in need of comfort.
In conclusion, there are several possible reasons why African babies don’t cry. These include different food sources, early bonding with mothers, oral tradition and different forms of communication. Whatever the reason, it is clear that African babies often respond differently to those from other parts of the world.