Babies use 'fake crying' to get attention

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January 17, 2014 7:45:13 AM PST
Parents have suspected it - now researchers confirm it. Babies use FAKE crying to get attention. And they learn it pretty early!

Japanese psychologists watched babies for months, recording them with a video camera.

They noticed episodes where they spontaneously started crying when their mothers walked away .

But the crying stopped and the babies smiled when mom returned.

The episodes started around seven to nine months of age.

The psychologists at Sacred Heart University in Tokyo say the behavior isn't necessarily negative. It may be a sign the infant is learning how to communicate with their parent.