A new study published in the Nature Communications journal is challenging the old belief that a mother’s innate maternal instinct makes her superior to a father’s ability to identify his baby’s cries. Research has proven that experience rather than maternal instinct plays a much more important influencing factor on whether mom or dad has the better baby sense. The study, which was supervised by scientists at Jean Monnet University in France, set out to determine if mothers could automatically distinguish the cries of their child much faster and better than fathers could. But the results surprised scientists who found that fathers could quickly learn the skill of identifying if their child was the one crying.
A parent’s ability to distinguish its own baby’s cries is considered to be important because it is also associated with the parent’s ability to discern other needs of the child, such as relief from hunger and pain. During the testing phase of the study, parents were able to pick out their own child’s cries nine times out of ten, with fathers doing as well as mothers. Mothers who spent less than half of their day with their baby also fared less well than full-time mothers and fathers in general.
Dad’s Ability Rivals Mom’s In Identifying Baby’s Cry