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Best ways to hold and carry a baby

Best ways to hold and carry a baby

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Holding a newborn can be a little awkward at first. But it won’t take long before you handle your baby with ease. Read on to find out few tips that enhance your experience.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Here are some tips.

Be confident. Handle your baby in a way that evokes the security she has felt for the past nine months inside the womb. Babies like to be held close and snugly. Use both hands and keep your baby close to your body.

Touch and talk. It’s important for the baby to be aware of you before you pick her up. Gently touch her and talk to her to let her know you’re there. Then rub your hand on her tummy or back for a few seconds before you lift her up. Go slowly. Never make quick movements with a newborn baby; she can be startled and upset. 

Be careful: Lift a young baby slowly; never swoop her up. Always slip one hand under the baby’s neck and head before picking her up—that’s where your top-heavy newborn needs the most careful support.

Best ways to carry a baby.

Once you’re holding your baby there are several different ways to carry her. Try them all to find out which one is most comfortable for both of you:

The cradle carry. Used for small infants, the cradle carry lets you easily cradle your baby in one of your arms as you walk.

The shoulder carry. Some babies are more comfortable resting on a shoulder. Just make sure always to support your baby’s head until she can do it herself.

The hip carry. The hip carry, which leaves one of your arms free, is for older babies who’ve mastered head and neck control.

The front-face carry. Place one arm under your baby’s buttocks and wrap your other arm around her chest to hold her close to you. That way your baby can face the world around her.

Laying your baby down.

When it’s time to put your baby down, support her head until it touches the mattress or car seat. Hold the baby next to your body for as long as possible—the less time the baby’s in the air and away from you, the happier and safer she’ll feel.

Carrying your newborn in a sturdy, front-fitting pack gives her the warmth and security she needs while leaving your hands free for other activities. Be sure to read the instructions that come with the carrier to make sure that is appropriate for the size and weight of your baby.

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