Babies, Parenting

It’s called ‘The Hold’ and it makes babies stop crying in seconds

Carla McConnell by Carla McConnell
December 3rd, 2015

This video of Pediatrician Dr Robert Hamilton showing how he can calm a crying baby in seconds has gone viral with over three and half millions hits on YouTube. Sleep deprived parents listen up!

Dr Hamilton, who has been a pediatrician for 30 years, says his technique is called the ‘The Hold’ and works every time without fail.

1. First fold the baby’s arms across the chest.

2. Secure the arms and hold the chin with one hand, while using your dominant hand to hold the baby’s bottom.

3. Then gently rock the baby at a 45-degree angle for some instant calm.


In the video he demonstrates ‘The Hold’ on two babies and it works instantly!

The technique works best on babies up to 2 to 3 months old as after that, they become too heavy to hold securely in the position seen in the video.

Have you tried the hold? Does it work?

For new parents the secret to life may lie in the video below:

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