Man Soothes Baby in Doctor's Waiting Room So Mother Can Complete Patient Forms

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Life is much more exciting but much more difficult when you bring a baby into the world. Your entire routine is reworked to accommodate a tiny, emotional human.

Simple things like grocery shopping and filling out paperwork become sprints as you race to get things done while the baby is sleeping or otherwise engaged.

One mom literally had her hands full when she took her little one to the doctor’s office. As she tried to juggle her little boy and the paperwork, a kind man got up and offered his services.

Another woman saw what happened and caught a picture of the scene. Natasha Crittenden Wilson was touched by the man’s actions and knew it was the salve the world needed at the moment.

“I was in the waiting room at the doc office today and this lady walked in with her sleeping baby!” she posted on Facebook on Oct. 23.

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“They handed her paperwork to do & as she was sitting there trying to figure out how to hold her sleeping baby while filling out the paperwork, this man, from across the room, asks her if she would like for him to hold her baby while she did her paperwork!!”

“She smiled and said that would be wonderful!! This man went over there and rocked and loved on that baby like he was his!! My heart Melted!!!”

The photo and story have made their way around the world. Kindness is a language we’re all familiar with, and we are encouraged when we see it.

Have you gone out of your way to help a stranger like this?

It’s always nice to have a sweet little reminder like this that a small, genuine act of kindness can have an incredible reach and a profound impact — not just on the recipient of the kindness, but the viewers.

Perhaps the boy reminded the man of his own children when they were little, or maybe of his grandchildren. Many retirees with a heart like his have found their calling at hospitals around the U.S.

Some hospitals have put out a call for volunteer baby cuddlers — which is a position that entails exactly what it sounds like.

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The cases are all different, but whether the babies have been abandoned or are going through drug withdrawals, they are in desperate need of human contact. Without it, they will not develop correctly.

Many retirees find themselves with extra time on their hands or a desire to give back, and cuddling babies is excellent, therapeutic work for all parties involved. Ask anyone, including the man in that doctor’s office, and they’ll probably tell you the same thing: kindness is good for the soul.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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