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123: Caring for a Newborn with Dr. Robert Hamilton

Some time ago, I came across a video on Facebook in which a pediatrician was showing a hold that soothes a crying newborn. One time when my daughter was crying, and nothing seemed to help, I remembered the instructional video and gave it a try. I was amazed at the results and became an instant believer in “The Hamilton Hold.” I wondered how I could spread this message that I believe every parent needs to hear, so I’m thrilled to introduce you to today’s guest!

Dr. Robert Hamilton has written 7 Secrets of the Newborn: Secrets and (Happy) Surprises of the First Year, and has over three decades’ experience as a pediatrician. He’s the owner and founder of Pacific Ocean Pediatrics, established in 1996 in Santa Monica, CA. He is the creator of The Hamilton Hold, a method for soothing crying babies that has been seen over 30 million times on YouTube. In addition, Dr. Bob runs the LA marathon annually to support his medical mission organization which has been making annual trips to Africa and Central America for over 20 years. He’s also the proud father of six and grandpa to eight little ones. Dr. Bob lives in Santa Monica with his high school sweetheart, Leslie, to whom he has been married for 45 years..


Episode highlights...

  • The parenting challenges of today as compared to previous generations

  • How working mothers, the availability of internet information, and controversy over vaccinations make parenting different for this generation

  • Dr. Bob’s advice about vaccinations and cord blood banking

  • Advantages and disadvantages of delayed cord clamping

  • How to make “tummy time” work to prevent flat heads and to develop core muscle strength

  • Why his book covers 10 Things that Make Your Baby Fuss (ch. 4)

  • Why newborns are susceptible to boredom and want novelty, entertainment, and stimulation

  • Finding a balance so as not to overstimulate your baby

  • The truth of the “witching hours,” which are a culmination of the day’s stimulation for your baby

  • Attachment and separation: How to encourage bonding, especially when a NICU stay is necessary

"Things seem to work out, but not always in the way you expect. Don’t give up hope. Hang in there. There are happier days ahead.​​"

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