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..
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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