A Pediatrician’s Tip on How to Calm a Crying Baby
I’m going to give you the long version of how to calm a crying baby. When I had my first child in 2008, I was cocky. I had so many younger cousins, started babysitting when I was 12, and took care of my half brothers when they were born when I was 19 and 21. I thought I had all the skills I needed to do the whole mothering/parenting thing. HA! Boy, did I have it wrong.
I had spent so much time researching my high risk pregnancy, that I hadn’t thought much of researching the afterwards…I was arrogant, remember? So when my ob/gyn asked me, on the operating table, who our pediatrician was, I didn’t notice his confused look. The one I had chosen, on the other side of the city, didn’t have ‘rights’ at the hospital I was in. “No problem,” he reassured me, once I grasped what was going on. “I know a great one.”
The next day, sure enough, the most amazing doctor came to check my precious newborn. All those hormones, recovery from an emergency c-section, and exhaustion from over 6 hours of pushing, and I was a wreck. Enter Dr. Hamilton, pediatrician. He was genuinely happy for me and Mr. MuffinTop, and even gave our baby a kiss as he held him, just like a family member visiting would do. It was sincere, and I knew then that I wanted him to be our baby’s doctor. “Keep in mind,” he warned, “you live over 30 minutes away, and that’s without traffic. Babies come in for regular check ups, and as a new mom, much more! It may get frustrating for you.” After thinking it over for a while, we decided to stay with the original pediatrician around the corner from our house. About a year later, I knew that I wanted to switch doctors, but Dr. Bob (Hamilton)’s warning kept playing like a record in my mind. So I chose a female pediatrician, also around the corner, which would be a good fit since I was almost due with my second baby, a girl. After giving birth the second time, I was excited to see Dr. Bob again.
He was just as loving and caring as before. But with two kids, I didn’t want to spend all that time in traffic, did I? So I stayed with our pediatrician. She was kind, but not as connected with me or the kids. When my mom was dying and I reached out to her for guidance on talking to my kids, she blew me off. It was heartbreaking. Why should I let minor annoyances like traffic keep my family from the best care?
We switched back to Dr. Bob just in time for baby #3. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. He has 6 children of his own, and one now works in his practice…and she is just as amazing as he is.
Why am I telling you this? Because this guy knows his stuff. And it is with 100% confidence that I can recommend him, and his video on how to calm a crying baby (and any future videos).
Watch, learn, and good luck! I learned this one first hand, and I can tell you, it works! Just be aware, as he tells you in the video, if your baby isn’t feeling well or is hungry, this won’t work.
- Fold arms across the chest
- Secure arms gently
- Grasp diaper area
- Rock at a 45 degree angle