Whether you're a first-time parent, or a proud relative wanting to hold the youngest member of the family, it's essential to learn how to hold the baby correctly. There are a variety of correct ways to hold your baby, from arm holding to face-to-face, depending on how you want to interact with your baby. Just remember that it's important to be calm and confident before picking up the baby so that he's relaxed before making this connection.
Method 1 of 2: Holding with your arms
Step 1. Be calm and confident before picking up the baby
They often sense when you are annoyed or upset about something. Relax. While it's important to be extremely careful, babies aren't as fragile as you think.
Step 2. Support baby's head with one arm and the bottom with the other
A newborn's head is by far the heaviest part of the body; both the head and neck need support. Normally, you support your head gently with one hand. Use your right arm to hold the baby's back. Do this while supporting his head with your other hand.
Step 3. Make chest-to-chest contact
Bring the baby close to your body so that he rests his head against your chest. Babies instinctively relax by hearing a heartbeat. Your hand and right arm should support most of the baby's weight, while your left hand supports and protects your head and neck.
Just make sure the baby's head is on the side so that he can breathe
Step 4. Enjoy bonding with the baby
Holding your baby can be an excellent tranquilizer for you and your baby. It's a great time to sing, read or entertain your baby until it's time for your next meal, diaper change or nap. You will need to switch hands from time to time. When doing this, always remember to keep one hand under your baby's head.
Listen to the baby. Every baby has a preferred way of being held. If he cries or gets tricky, change your position
Method 2 of 2: Mastering Other Techniques
Step 1. Hold him in your lap
This is perhaps the most common way to hold a baby, and it's great for looking him in the eye; it's also the most natural and easiest way to hold your baby. Even better to hold the baby this way is to curl him up. Here's what you should do:
- To hold the baby in your lap, first rest him on a surface; then slide one hand under the neck and head and the other under the bottom and hips.
- Spread your fingers as wide as possible as you lift it against your chest so the baby is well supported.
- Gently slide your hand down the baby's back, supporting his head and neck, so that both of them slide along his forearm, making a contour of the arm and elbow.
- Keep the other hand in the same position, supporting the baby's hips and back.
- Bring the baby close to your body and cradle him side to side if you like.
Step 2. Hold the baby face to face
It's ideal for interacting with your baby. Here's what you have to do:
- Place one hand behind the baby's head and neck.
- Place your other hand under your back.
- Hold the baby in front of you, just below your chest.
- Have fun smiling and making faces at the cuteness.
Step 3. Hold it on your stomach
It's perfect for calming your baby when he gets in the morning. We show below what should be done:
- Support the baby's head and chest on your forearm.
- Make sure the baby's head is turned, resting near the crook of your arm.
- Pat or pat the baby's back with your other hand.
- Make sure the baby's head and neck are supported at all times.
Step 4. Hold it to breastfeed
It is very useful for breastfeeding, and it can also be done either standing or sitting. See how to do it:
- Place your hand under the baby's head and the back of his head and rest his back on the same forearm as the hand you are using to support his head. You can use your other hand under the baby's head as you adjust, but make sure the head and the back of the head are supported at all times.
- Allow the baby to curl up around the side of your body, legs extended behind you.
- Bring the baby close to your chest or waist.
- Use your free hand to feed the baby or as an extra head support.
Step 5. Hold it in "Hello world" mode
It's also a great way for anyone who has a curious baby and wants them to see what's going on around them. All you have to do is:
- Rest your baby's back against your chest so that his head is supported.
- Put an arm under him.
- Put your other arm across his chest.
- Make sure your baby's head remains flat against your chest.
- If you are sitting, it is possible to place the baby in your lap, without having to put your hand under it.
Step 6. Support the baby on your hip when he can support his head
When the baby is a little older, around 4 to 6 months old, he should be able to firmly support his head. When this happens, do the following to keep him on your hip:
- Rest the baby's side against your hip. Support the baby's right side against your left hip, for example, so that the baby is facing outwards.
- Use the arm on the side of the hip support to support the baby's back and underside.
- Use your other hand as an extra support under your baby's legs or to feed the baby or do other things.
- This way of holding the child is quite common, important and convenient (especially when you have to do several tasks at the same time. Take time to learn and, we guarantee, you will not regret it.
- Sit down the first time you hold the baby. It's the easiest way to get started.
- Play and interact with the baby before holding him. This way, the baby can become familiar with your voice, smell and appearance.
- If you are careful with your head, be gentle and careful, everything will be fine.
- Watch someone more experienced several times before trying.
- An alternative method is to rest the baby's head at the elbow so that you can use your other hand to support the baby's body.
- Babies love to be cuddled, and you'll want to do this often. Chargers free your hands, soothe your baby and make chores around the house easier.
- A baby's head that is poorly supported or not supported at all can cause permanent damage.
- Do not hold the baby when handling hot liquid or food, or while cooking.
- Holding the baby upright (belly to tummy) when the baby cannot sit up on his own can damage his spine.
- Shaking or other sudden movements hurt the baby.