Doctor shares unusual technique to calm a crying baby in seconds

Publish Date
Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 3:12PM

It's no secret babies cry. A lot.

But for parents of babies under the age of three months, this pediatrician is about to change your life.

Meet Dr. Robert Hamilton, AKA the baby whisperer.

His simple tutorial for calming down a crying baby in seconds has gone viral on YouTube, and it's no surprise.

The technique, which Hamilton calls 'The Hold,' consists of four steps:

  1. Pick up the baby and fold its arms snuggly across its chest.
  2. Secure the baby’s arms with your hand after they’re folded. That hand also supports the baby’s chin.
  3. Gently hold the baby’s bottom with your dominant hand. Use the fleshy part of your hand, not your fingers, to ensure a secure hold.
  4. Position the baby at a 45-degree angle and gently rock the baby. The motion can be up and down, or you can try shaking the baby’s bottom. The key is to make the sequence smooth and avoid jerky movements. The angle is important because it helps you keep control of your baby.

The results are surprisingly quick.

Hamilton, who has been practicing for 33 years, says 'The Hold' works because it’s essentially swaddling the child.

“That’s a comforting position for a baby because you have to remember where they’re coming from — a very tight womb — and they’ve been in that position for a long time,” Hamilton said.

“By doing that, you’re really kind of recreating the womb, if you will, and that kind of comforts them, plus the gentle movement.”

Hamilton says the method will work on 90 percent of babies. It doesn’t work on infants who are ill or hungry.