Are you a first-time mom feeling a little nervous about how to hold your newborn? It can be both exhilarating and terrifying!
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, we’ll go over the basics of how to hold a newborn baby. After all, these little ones are pretty fragile.
We’ll cover everything from how to support their head to how to burp them. By the end of this post, you’ll be a pro at holding your little one!
How to Hold a Newborn Baby?
1. Wash your hands thoroughly before you hold a newborn.
Whether you’re a parent or a visitor, one of life’s greatest joys is carrying a newborn. Before you do so, please pay attention to hygiene and make sure you clean your hands properly.
Washing your hands thoroughly before handling a baby is essential in avoiding the transfer of germs and bacteria. It can be as simple as using warm water and soap for 20 seconds before drying with paper towels. Alternatively, you can allow compatible washes to dry naturally on their own.
2. Support the baby’s head and neck with your hand.
Hold the baby in your arms with one hand firmly supporting their back and the other cradling and supporting their head and neck. Make sure that their body is resting against yours, rather than having their little head hovering over your arm or any other surface.
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Supporting their head and neck will ensure that they’re securely styled close to you. Besides, it helps in preventing any strain on those tiny muscles they can’t support on their own just yet.
Babies can partially support their neck muscles from 3 months of age. After 6 months, they’ll be able to fully control their head. Until then, it’s your responsibility to hold it carefully.
3. Cradle the baby’s bottom in the palm of your hand.
To ensure optimal comfort for the newborn, cradle their bottom with the palm of your hand. Also, support the head, torso, and legs with the other hand. Hold them close to your body to provide physical contact and skin-to-skin comfort.
If you place your newborn high on your chest, they’ll be more secure and feel like they’re still connected to the womb. In this way, you can show a baby that they are safe while providing them with stability and security – both physically and emotionally.
4. Gently rock the baby back and forth.
Gently rocking the baby with your arms wrapped around them can provide the necessary solace. The infant will relax and find comfort in their new environment.
Aside from being incredibly sweet and beneficial for a baby’s sensory development, taking the time to rock your little one can result in moments that you will cherish forever.
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After all, who wouldn’t delight in holding their little bundle of joy close and exchanging smiles?
What Next After You Hold a Newborn?
Please gently put them back into the crib or bassinet after you’re done cuddling your little one. Don’t just let them go suddenly. Make sure to talk or sing to them for further bonding with your baby during the hold!
If you ever feel unsure about how to hold a newborn correctly, consult with your doctor or paediatrician for guidance. Also, we suggest you check out the best sources of information for parents to learn more.
With a bit of practice and patience, you can hold your newborn safely and securely. Enjoy these precious moments with your new bundle of joy!