When it’s 3 a.m. and your baby won’t stop crying, having little tips and tricks on hand can, if anything, help you feel more prepared. Seriously, when you’ve heard nothing but wailing for two hours, creative fixes don’t always come easy. Daniel Eisenman, a motivational speaker and a new dad, has officially mastered the latest in baby-soothing hacks. While broadcasting to his followers live on Facebook, Eisenman’s daughter, Divina, began to cry — Eisenman was holding the newborn in bed and, like a pro, seemed unfazed by her wails. Hardly breaking his sentence, he looked into his daughter’s face and let out a loud and steady “om,” a sacred Hindu and Buddhist chant (yep, that’s also the sound you make during yoga!).
About three seconds into her dad’s “om,” Divina stopped crying — just like that. As he continued the chant, her eyes slowly closed, and by the end of it, she was asleep (or at least in a calm, trance-like state). I’ll admit, even my eyes glazed over during Eisenman’s “om.” It’s that soothing.
Eisenman later posted his baby-calming magic in a separate Facebook video, with the hashtag “HowToStopACryingBaby.” With over 28 millions views and 300,000 shares, it’s safe to say that Internet parents are thoroughly impressed. “My pediatrician told me that humming noises, such as a vacuum, imitate the mother’s pulsing heart beat when in utero,” one commenter wrote. “Therefore, babies love it.”
But (time for the hot question) does Eisenman’s trick really work? Eisenman made a follow-up video explaining that he doesn’t “believe anything happens twice the same way” — but then he proceeded to stop Divina’s crying again, using the chant. “So everyone knows we did ‘om’ to her while in the womb, and she was actually birthed into our living room with Thai Buddhist monks were chanting over YouTube.” Naturally, parents are putting his trick to the test. The verdict? It works. “I’ve been ‘OMing’ my bambino since seeing your original video and it’s been so magical to watch how quickly he calms!” one Mom wrote.
“We used to do this with our son on those night when it seemed like nothing else was working,” wrote another. “It came very intuitively, for whatever reason, and typically calmed him within a couple of minutes.”Next time baby’s crying, give “om” a shot. Eisenman seems to have struck parenting gold — you might as well benefit.