Oh my I have taken care of so many babies this would have been so genius for! To calm a baby that needs comfort, fill a glove w/beans, pearled barley, etc, give baby a few pats with it, then leave it on the baby's back and slip quietly away. I wish I had known about this during all those years of patting and patting and patting and patting...what a great idea! ---Though I personally wouldn't leave the baby on his/her tummy!!!!! Ahhh.