How To Hold A Baby: 8 Safe Positions With Pictures
Remember the first time you held your baby. The moment the nurse passed your newborn into your arms, your hands must have shivered, your heart must have missed a beat, and a tear must have rolled down your eyes. That’s the magic of holding your baby.
However, holding a newborn is not easy. It is natural to feel nervous, and there is a constant fear that the little one might just slip from your hold. While the apprehensions are understandable, you can work on making your hold safe and comfortable for your baby.
We help you in this as we tell you about the different positions in which you can hold your baby.
But before that, you should prepare yourself for the task.
Prep Up To Hold Your Newborn:
- Clean hands: Wash your hands before you take the baby. Her immune system is still developing, and your unclean hands can pass on the infections to her. Use mild soap and warm water to rinse your hands. Also, keep a sanitizer handy so that the guests who come to visit the baby will use it.
- Make yourself comfortable: It is not just the physical comfort but also the confidence about your hold. You may feel scared at first, but with time you will adjust.
- Offer support: Newborns have little neck muscle control. Therefore, you need to support her head and neck. Also, make sure not to press the soft spots on the head (fontanelles). The support is critical until your baby reaches three months when she develops a good control over the head and neck muscles.