Few things can drive a parent up the wall like a crying baby. We want to not only help our child, we also want to get some peace and quiet for ourselves.
That’s why Dr. Robert C. Hamilton from Pacific Ocean Pediatrics in Santa Monica, CA, is truly a godsend for those with babies.
How does Dr. Hamilton calm a crying infant? He uses a very simple technique: It’s called “The Hold,” and it’s incredibly easy to duplicate.
To begin with, Dr. Hamilton picks up the baby. He then folds the baby’s arms across the chest in front of his body, then secures the arms. With the fleshy part of his hand, he gently holds the baby’s bottom while rocking him up and down at a 45-degree angle. Within a few seconds, you can see the baby is comforted. Dr. Hamilton remarks:
You can shake their booty and generally, by doing this, the child will quiet down.
Keep in mind, however, that every movement is very gentle, never rough, and there should be no sharp movements.
If the baby still won’t stop crying after trying “The Hold,” Dr. Hamilton suggests your baby may not feel well, or is simply hungry.