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Japanese research finds most effective way to put baby to sleep

'Carry and walk' for 5 minutes, then hold in arms for 8 more

The tests were conducted with 21 babies and their parents in Japan, Italy and elsewhere.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- If your baby is crying heavily, carrying the child as you walk for five minutes is an effective way to calm the infant and induce sleep, researchers led by Kumi Kuroda of Japan's national scientific institute Riken have found.

Letting that baby sleep in your arms for another eight minutes helps prevent the child from waking once put in bed, said the international research team, which experimented in search of the best way to put infants to sleep. The experiments were done with 21 babies, seven months or younger, and their parents in countries including Japan and Italy during daylight.

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