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Video:The Football Hold for Babies

with Kathy Moore

Looking for an effective way to calm your fussy infant? Learn how to hold your baby in the football hold.See Transcript

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Transcript:The Football Hold for Babies

Hi, I am Kathy Moore for About.com. When it comes to calming your fussy baby, it never hurts to have another trick in your bag. This program will demonstrate using the football hold to help calm your fussy baby.

How the Football Hold Helps Babies

When babies are suffering from gas pain or other discomfort, it can be terribly frustrating as you try to comfort them. The football hold puts gentle pressure on the baby's abdomen, so it can often help relieve discomfort.

Position the Baby in Your Arms

Start by draping your baby lengthwise along your forearm, with her tummy facing down and her head toward your elbow.

Then cup your hand in her crotch area and use your forearm to support the baby's torso. Use the palm of your hand to apply gentle pressure to the tummy.

Watch the process again. Drape the baby along your forearm. Cup your hand in the crotch area. Use the palm of your hand to apply gentle pressure to her tummy.

Walk Around With the Baby

Since gentle movement usually helps calm a fussy baby, try walking around and gently bouncing the baby while you use the football hold.

My daughter likes to be held this way even when she is not fussy. I think it gives her a chance to observe her surroundings better than if I carry her on my chest or rest her on my shoulders.

Trying to calm a fussy baby can be a frustrating experience but with patience, the right techniques and some gentle movement, your baby will calm down and feel better in no time. If all else fails, you can take her for a ride in the car.

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