There are a few different ways to hold a newborn baby. You can cradle a baby against your chest, lay them across your shoulder, or even lay them across your forearm. You will always want to choose the method that you feel most comfortable with, as a baby will pick up on any stress you feel.
For most people, the best way to hold a newborn baby is by cradling them against your chest with both hands. You can do this seated or standing; older children and the elderly should always hold a baby while sitting.
Most parents will need to know how to safely lift a baby from a flat surface into the support of their arms. Here, we break down the correct way to hold a newborn baby, step-by-step
Step 1: Wash Your Hands: Babies do not have well-developed immune systems, so they can easily catch illnesses from anyone who touches them. It’s a good idea for everyone around a baby to wash their hands, even if they don’t plan to hold him or her.
Step 2: Remove Any Objects from Your Hands and Wrists: To protect the baby from scratches and to make it easier to hold them, remove things like watches and other jewelry, just in case.
Step 3: Always Protect the Baby’s Head: Whether you are picking up a baby from a flat surface or from someone else’s arms, your first move should be to cradle his or her head. Support the neck, as the baby cannot do so themselves at this point.
Step 4: Slide a Hand under the Baby’s Bottom: By this time, you will have a hand under the baby’s head/neck and under their back/bottom to provide support as you lift them up.
Step 5: Cradle the Baby to Your Chest: Once you have a comfortable, solid hold on the baby, you can lift them to your chest. They should rest against your chest for not only support but also bonding purposes. However, always make sure their head is turned away from your chest so they can breathe.
Step 6: Continue to Support the Baby’s Head: You’ll now start moving to the cradling aspect of holding a newborn baby. Keep your hand on the baby’s head as you slide the hand on his or her bottom up to the neck to support. Remember, keep the baby against your chest for security during this move.
Step 7: Switch Hands: By now, the hand that was formerly on the baby’s bottom will be under his or her neck. Your other hand should move under the baby’s bottom, in return.
Step 8: Cradle the Baby in the Crook of Your Arm: Rest the baby’s head in your arm crook, making sure that his or her neck is properly supported. Now, you can use your other hand to interact with the newborn while providing a solid hold.
If you reach step eight, congrats — you will be holding a newborn in the proper way! You can find a more visual representation of this process here.
It may take you a few tries to get it right. Remember, your comfort and confidence in holding a newborn will play a large role in how successful you are. Take your time and be patient, and always pay attention to the baby’s mood while you are holding them.
You’ll probably want to learn more about the different ways to hold a newborn — such as how to hold a newborn baby when bottle feeding or how to hold a newborn baby when breastfeeding. You may consider talking to friends and family who are experienced parents, or even attend a local parenting class to help you practice and be more comfortable with holding a newborn.
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