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.’

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

We want to hear from you! Give the technique a try and let us know what results you got. Did they work for your baby?

Share your thoughts below.

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  • has anyone tried this? if they have will they let us know if it worked or not as I am intrigued!


  • I used to just rock my bub to sleep in one of those nursing rocking chairs while i fed him. It worked all the time :)


  • quite incredible – wish I had known about this when my boy was little


  • I used to do the old fashioned normal cuddles and sing, “you are my sunshine”. Worked everytime. Out of the 3 methods, I like the tissue one best.


  • I do the footy hold and sing softly and it works.


  • I wish these were around when mine where young!


  • Oh! It looks amazing! And it functions! What a pity I don’t have a baby to try this technique on!!


  • trying this one tomorrow!!


  • oh wow that tissue trick seems unreal!


  • Lke it


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