I don’t know about y’all but there are nights when I have to kick and shake my husband into a very unappreciated state of wakefulness when it’s his turn to settle the kids.
Why do mums hear babies’ cries more than dads do? My girls are 3 and 1, and the man has been oblivious to their wails and moans since birth.
But I can’t be too mad at dad; there is a reason that he doesn’t respond to the sound of his crying offspring.
As reported by Dailymail.co.uk, a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Child Health in the U.S. has revealed that women’s brains are designed to respond to a baby’s cry and men’s brains aren’t.
Researchers conducted brain scans on men and women to see what happened when a baby’s cry interrupted the brain in a resting state (induced by white noise). Women immediately became alert but men remained undisturbed.
Interestingly, whilst the brain patterns of men and women were distinctly different there was no difference between parents and non-parents.
In other words; it’s a purely male/female thing – a man’s brain is just not hard-wired to respond with the warp speed that a woman’s is, when it comes to bawling babes.
There’s no point in working ourselves into a sleep-deprived state of frenzy when our men snooze through tears and tantrums. Just think; all that kicking has got to be good for the calves!
Source: Dailymail.co.uk – “Why men do not respond to the sound of crying babies but women cannot ignore them”