Dad Shows How to Soothe a Baby in 18 Seconds in Viral Video

A video that shows how to soothe an upset baby in 18 seconds has gone viral.

The video was posted to TikTok on Monday by Tuque Daddy (@tuquedaddy), who wrote: "I wanna see people try [this technique]!! Duet this and try if you can!! I wanna see y'all superheroes." Already, the post has amassed more than 3.2 million views and thousands of comments from people eager to try the technique themselves—including those who don't yet have children.

The video opens with Tuque Daddy talking to his crying two-month-old.

"Okay, my boy," he said. "Okay, my boy."

His son continues to cry, but Tuque Daddy remains calm and begins his now-viral soothing technique.

"Step 1: cross the arms around the chest (self-hug)," instructed the video's text overlay. Tuque Daddy does this and then quickly moves on to step two: "hold the arms and between the legs and lean baby forward."

Once the baby is leaning forward, Tuque Daddy begins to "genty rock" him. Within seconds, the crying stops and Tuque Daddy begins to smile.

"You alright, my boy?" Tuque Daddy asked his child, who is staring off into the distance.

Tuque Daddy isn't the inventor of this technique. In fact, pediatrician Dr. Robert Hamilton went viral in 2015 after he posted a YouTube video demonstrating the very same method, which he calls, "The Hold."

Speaking to Today, Hamilton said that the technique is effective because it's "essentially swaddling the child."

"That's a comforting position for a baby because you have to remember where they're coming from—a very tight womb—and they've been in that position for a long time," Hamilton explained.

"By doing that, you're really kind of recreating the womb, if you will, and that kind of comforts them, plus the gentle movement," he continued.

According to Hamilton, the method works on about 90 percent of babies.

"It doesn't work on infants who are ill or hungry," Today reported. Hamilton also said that the method will only work on children up to three months old. After that, they become "too heavy" to be held in the method's final, angled position.

As previously stated, commenters were surprised by Tuque Daddy's video and expressed wanting to try the method on their kids. Even a few commenters who said they were currently childless told Tuque Daddy that they would re-visit his video when they had kids of their own.

"I'll be back in like 4-7 years, don't delete," wrote gyvenchabeauty.

"Not me saving this so I can do this to my child, one day I tell you, ONE DAY," added dannyhazziq.

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One dad’s video that shows how to soothe an upset baby in 18 seconds has gone viral. The method was first introduced in 2015 and is said to work on 90 percent of babies. ucpage/istock