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Surefire New Strategy To Calm a Fussy Baby?

One more trick to try when your baby’s crying…who doesn’t need that?!

I came across this video clip today from pediatrician Dr. Robert Hamilton of Pacific Ocean Pediatrics. It shows the good doctor picking up a crying baby (facing downwards), and gently folding the baby’s arms under his chest. He then holds the baby’s bottom with one hand and his crossed arms with the other, and gently rocks him up and down.

This actually looks a lot like Harvey Karp’s 5 S’s…the baby is side/stomach lying, swinging (bouncing) and is essentially swaddled (at least his arms are, as they’re being held snugly).

I’m a huge fan of the 5 S’s for newborns, but maybe this technique will prove to be a good add-on strategy? If you have a newborn, give it a try and let me know if it works!

*Skip to 1:01 to skip the intro and see the technique

Looking for more soothing techniques? Check out my post 40 Fussy Baby Soothing Techniques: The Complete Guide