Crying baby? Would you like to test out The Hold?
We've been reading all about The Hold, a technique that's said to soothe and calm a crying baby in seconds – and we'd love it if some of you could give it a try for us and tell us if it works for you.
The Hold was 'invented' by US paediatrician Robert Hamilton and it involves holding your baby in a particular way and slightly jiggling him or her up and down. Obviously, that's not the actual instructions!
Basically, it's a 4-step technique:
- Fold your baby's arms across his or her chest.
- Secure your baby's arms gently after they're folded.
- Gently grasp the nappy area with your dominant hand.
- Rock your baby up and down at a 45-degree angle, maybe with a little side-to-side jiggle thrown in.
To see how to do The Hold properly, you can watch Robert Hamilton do it on this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-nBoQ8EASs
If you have a small baby, please would you give The Hold a go (next time your baby's crying) and come and post here afterwards to let us know if it's working for you?
It would be fab if you could post a pic, too – we LOVE seeing your babies! (But don't worry if you can't: we do understand that, if you're on your own, it's quite hard to take a pic and comfort a crying babe!).
OK, so over to you! Please do give it a go and let us know how you get on!