This Pediatrician May Have Found a Foolproof Way to Calm a Crying Baby

posted: 12/08/15
by: Mara Betsch
Dr. Robert Hamilton baby whisperer
Pacific Ocean Pediatrics

Dr. Robert Hamilton, a Santa Monica, California-based pediatrician has the answer to every parent of a newborn's prayers -- he's developed a foolproof way to stop your little one from screaming. Utilizing a technique called "the hold," he's instantly able to calm and comfort babies. And don't worry, this "hold" has nothing to do with wrestling!

As you can see in this instructional video, two little ones immediately stop crying as soon as Dr. Hamilton works his magic.

So how do you do it for yourself? Follow these four simple steps:

1. Fold the baby's right arm and left arm across the chest

2. Secure the arms gently using your nondominant hand and place your thumb and forefinger under the baby's chin to provide a bit of balance.

3. Grasp the diaper area using the fleshy part of your dominant hand -- not your fingers -- to create a secure base.

4. Rock the baby at a 45-degree angle. You can also very gently rock and "stir" the baby to calm him or her down.

The only downside is that you can only use this technique until the baby is 2-3 months old. After that, he or she will most likely be too heavy to hold in that position. So you'll have to find your own technique for dealing with a tantrum-prone two-year-old.