We know that all babies cry. On any given day, a newborn might cry for up to two hours or even longer, but the reason is not always so obvious. Babies cry to communicate hunger, pain, fear, a need for sleep and much more.
What can you do to soothe a crying baby? “The Hold.”
In a video entitled “A Pediatrician Shows You How To Calm a Crying Baby”, D-r Robert C. Hamilton of Santa Monica, California explains how this method can stop a baby from crying in just several seconds! In two separate scenarios, Hamilton picks up the crying baby by pulling the right arm close to the chest and then the left arm across the chest, as he gently holds the arms and bottom, rocking the baby up and down. “Sometimes stir him (or her) to the left and stir him (or her) to the right,” says d-r Hamilton.
He also suggests holding the baby at a 45-degree angle to avoid the baby tilting its head back. The baby should be held with the fleshy part of your dominant hand and not with your fingertips. The fingertips from the other hand should support the baby’s chin, so the head is lifted.
“I shake his little booty like that,” he says, as he calms the crying baby. He then adds: “Everything you do is very gentle. You don’t want to do jerky motions ever.”
By performing this technique, the baby really calms down. However, if it doesn’t work, there are two things that could be wrong. The baby could either be ill or hungry.
“The Hold” is a very helpful technique in the first 2 to 3 months of age. But, as babies get older, they become too heavy and it’s very difficult to hold them at that point.