I haven’t had a baby in my house in a long time, but when I did, I think I would have tried anything to calm them when they were upset. There’s the constant rocking, and soothing and feeding and even packing them up for a drive in the car. My kids always loved being tightly swaddled when they were newborns, so anytime they got fussy I’d just wrap them up and cuddle them. But if I had seen this video when I had a baby I would definitely have given this method a try.
Dr. Robert Hamilton is a pediatrician from Santa Monica, California and claims he has a trick that works to calm down crying babies. As a pediatrician for over 30 years he’s developed this method, called The Hold, over the years to help calm crying babies so that he can speak to the parents in a quiet environment.
In the video I’ll post below, the doctor says that he simply picks up the baby, folds their arms in across their chests while holding them at a 45 degree angle, then he holds the diaper area and rocks them back and forth, sometimes ‘shaking their booty’.
I’m not sure it’s his ‘method’ that is soothing the baby as much as it is just them being picked up, but like I said, if I had a newborn who was crying I’d be willing to try just about anything.
Watch the video and let me know if you would try this and if it works for you, or if you have your own methods that seem to work.