My two and half week old was an angry red baby. He only cries when he wants to eat and he might fuss a bit when he needs changing or wants to be held. Let nothing come between him and his food.
My husband was holding him while I was preparing to feed him. As he walked out of the nursery into the living room where I sat comfortably on the sofa, the baby stopped crying immediately while gazing at the motionless ceiling fan. The fans in my home are attractive and I like looking at them too but I don’t get the same effect as the baby does. Since there is no framework developmentally in the brain yet for the baby to make any logical conclusions I will suggest that it is the contrast of dark wood of the blades and fan motor housing against the light colored ceiling that captures his attention.
The baby quieted down as he was brought to me all the while gazing at the accessory above. He wiggled a bit and ate and then fell fast asleep. We now have a tool for calming the baby and we don’t even have to turn it on.