OMG!!! i think this is it!! this is on the top of my list! "Mr. Man" Birthday Theme for Myles' first birthday!
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!