Rickrolling - a surefire colic cure?

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A screen capture of a video of a baby being rickrolled.Have you ever been Rickrolled? Not even sure what that is? Rickrolling is an internet bait and switch, generally, where a link is provided, ostensibly to some interesting and related content, but which actually turns out to be a link to a video of the 1987 music video of Rick Astley and his song "Never Gonna Give You Up." It's a harmless prank that has made its way from a few off-beat websites into even the real world.

So what's the point of telling you this? Well, for the first three months of his life, there were only two things that could get my son Jared to stop crying -- carrying him up and down stairs (thank goodness we have plenty of them!) and the song Time and Tide by the Polish pop star Basia. If you're having similar problems, you could try what worked for us or you could do what works for another family: rickrolling their baby.

Yep, they've got a baby that apparently calms down instantly when they put on Rick Astley's famous music video. While I don't envy their situation, there are worse things to have to endure -- like your baby crying. I'm lucky; my youngest son Ezra gets the same effect from Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Kermit the Frog. So if Rick, Basia, and LBM don't work for your kid, keep looking -- that magical piece of music that calms them down instantly may yet be out there.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.