How to hold a baby
- Babies are not as fragile as we think
- Support to neck and spine is important
Let's look at the first hold which is also known as the cradle hold:
- Your baby is lying on the bed.
- Place one had under the baby's neck and support the neck and the head with this hand.
- Now place the other hand below the spine & support the spine and buttocks with this hand.
- You can now slowly lift the baby.
- You can now also move the baby to an upright position against your body
- Being close to you the child will feel safe & warm
- As you gain confidence, you may hold the baby with just one hand
- 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
- Even holding this way you can get the baby in an upright position
- 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