Getting your baby to settle just got a whole lot easier.
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Settling a baby seems to be a lot simpler these days, compared to when I had my first child 12 years ago. Unless I was just so sleep deprived I missed all these clever techniques. Maybe I should have spent more time on YouTube.
Like the Oompa Loompa technique for instance…
Dad alternates between bouncing his baby up and down and rocking from side to side while reciting ‘Oompa Loompa’.
Strange? Yes. But bub eventually drifts off to sleep, so it seems to get results.
Then there was the tissue gently brushed over the bubs face. Worked a treat!
Now we have “The Hold”
American paediatrician, Dr Robert C Hamilton demonstrates a technique he has called “The Hold”.
‘Everything you do is very gentle, you don’t want to do any jerky motions ever,’ Dr Hamilton advices.
‘You hold the child with the fleshy part of your hand [the palm] not the fingertips, and I am supporting his chin, which is why I am holding him at a 45 degree angle.’
HOW TO DO ‘THE HOLD’
1. Fold arms across the chest
2. Secure arms gently with one hand
3. Grasp diaper area with your dominant hand
4. Rock baby at a 45 degree angle
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