How To Hold A Baby - Newborn Care

How to hold a baby
  • Babies are not as fragile as we think
  • Support to neck and spine is important
Simple techniques
  1. Let's look at the first hold which is also known as the cradle hold:
    1. Your baby is lying on the bed.
    2. Place one had under the baby's neck and support the neck and the head with this hand. 
    3. Now place the other hand below the spine & support the spine and buttocks with this hand. 
    4. You can now slowly lift the baby.
    5. You can now also move the baby to an upright position against your body
    6. Being close to you the child will feel safe & warm
    7. As you gain confidence, you may hold the baby with just one hand
    8. In order do this, use the crook of your arm to support the head and the neck, while the arm supports the spine and the buttocks
    9. Even holding this way you can get the baby in an upright position
    10. Use your hand to support the head and the neck, the arm to support the spine and the crook of your arm to support the buttocks.
  • Use baby sling or a front carrier which is age appropriate

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Sonali Shivlani

Childbirth Educator,

Sonali Shivlani is an internationally certified pregnancy, lactation and child nutrition counselor. She has worked with more than 15,000 couples and has conducted pregnancy and parenting sessions and workshops internationally. She is the Executive Director of the Pregnancy Fitness Educator Program at CAPPA International and trains candidates in the field of prenatal fitness.

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