Moms know: There’s nothing more unsettling (and patience-trying) than the piercing sound of your baby’s cry. But according to a new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, Canadian, British and Italian parents have it way worse than us.
Researchers at the University of Warwick found that Canadian babies cry more than any other nationality when they’re three to four weeks old—three-plus hours a day for more than three days a week. British and Italian babies were close behind, while Germany, Japan and Denmark are blessed with infants that keep the tears to a minimum. (Only 5 to 6 percent of babies in these countries cried for three or more hours a day.)
Per the study, it all has to do with the prevalence of colic, which can vary widely by region due to a variety of factors like feeding systems or soothing techniques.
The takeaway: Cherish those tear-free moments in the first 12 weeks…and think of how good you have it compared with other mamas to the north and across the pond.