In this paper the authors respond to a study by Möller, De Vente and Rodenburg (2019) [1] in which the calming effect of ‘mechanical soothing’ was compared to that of parental soothing. We question the conclusions drawn by Möller et al. about mechanical soothing as an appropriate alternative to parental soothing. We argue that mechanical soothing is undesirable as it is insensitive to the child’s cues and the longterm effects on child development are unclear.

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Luijk, P.C.M, Kok, R, van Rosmalen, L., & van der Horst, F.C.P. (2020). Using mechanical soothing to comfort crying babies?. PLoS ONE. Retrieved from