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Parenting Great Kids Podcast - Episode 151

Babies and Sleep

with guest Dr. Bob Hamilton

Hosted by Dr. Meg Meeker | December 21, 2021 | 57:23 min.

Episode 151 | Sleep expert Dr. Bob Hamilton shares proven ways to get your baby to sleep through the night. This is a 'must listen' episode for every parent of a newborn!
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Today's Guest(s)

Robert C. Hamilton, M.D., has over three decades of experience as a pediatrician and is the owner and founder of Pacific Ocean Pediatrics, established in 1996 in Santa Monica, California.

Dr. Hamilton is also the creator of the “Hamilton Hold,” a method for soothing crying babies which has been viewed by over 51 million people in his instructional video on YouTube. In addition, Dr. Bob is the host of The Hamilton Review Podcast, which debuted in January 2020.

Dr. Bob runs the LA Marathon annually to support his medical mission organization, which has been making annual trips to both Africa and Central America for over 20 years. He’s the proud father of 6 children and grandpa to 9 little ones. He lives in Santa Monica with his high school sweetheart, Leslie, to whom he has been married 45 years.


Babies need to be taught human traits early on, and one trait is that humans aren’t created to be nocturnal. Nighttime is for sleeping, and sleep is a learned phenomenon. Most adults don’t wake up and eat in the middle of the night. In the same way, babies don’t (typically) need to eat during the night either. The sooner parents train them not to do so, the sooner everyone will get a better night’s sleep! Join Dr. Meg and sleep expert Dr. Bob Hamilton as he shares multiple proven ways to get your baby to sleep through the night. This is a win-win for everyone!


Dr. Meeker and Dr. Hamilton share different scenarios on training babies at different ages (newborn – 24 mo) to sleep through the night. If babies sleep less during the day, they will sleep more deeply at night. Also, establishing and sticking to a consistent bedtime routine is key to your baby (and you!) getting a healthy amount of sleep each night. It’s best if breast-feeding mothers don’t allow their baby to fall asleep at the breast. Newborns need to be cognizant from an early age that they are being put in their crib after breast-feeding, and aware that you will be walking out of the room as they fall asleep.



Dr. Meg and Dr. Hamilton continue their candid conversation about the best ways to get babies to sleep through the night.


Thanks for listening to Episode #151, Secrets to Training Your Baby to Sleep, and for helping Dr. Meg’s parenting revolution reach more than FIVE MILLION downloads!

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