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Guide Happy parents

infant

number of advice: 20

toddler

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junior

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How to carry a newborn?

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Holding your baby for the first time can be very emotional or even stressful for the parents. They worry that they don’t know how to hold their baby and that they might hurt it. But lifting your baby is relatively easy and you should trust your instincts and suppress your emotions. Lifting can be taught. First of all, make sure that the baby’s head doesn’t tilt back.

So when you lift your lying baby, always put one hand under the baby’s neck and head, and the other under its bottom. Gently and slowly lift the baby and press it against your chest. The baby instinctively feels the mother’s heartbeat and the sound is like a soothing balm. Your baby will immediately calm down and feel safe.

If the baby is lifted a bit higher, so that its chin rests on your arm, this is a perfect position after feeding or for looking at the surrounding world. You need to pay attention to your baby’s head. Babies can suddenly tilt their head backward. This is mostly common with newborns several hours after birth, when the neck muscles are not properly developed. The baby’s head falls to the back and sides, so you have to support it gently with your hand in order to stabilise it. However, do not try to hold it too still, but give your baby some freedom. Let it exercise the small neck muscles.

If you hold your baby with one hand supporting the head and neck, and the other one under its bottom, move your arms horizontally so that the baby’s head rests against the forearm of the hand which is holding its bottom. Lay your baby on the arm that is holding its bottom, so that its head is in the crook of your elbow. If your baby is big, use the other arm to support its bottom and spine. In this position your baby is facing you and you can make eye contact and talk. Newborns and premature babies should be held wrapped in a blanket or a SwaddleMe to keep them warm and make them feel safe, as in the womb, for some time.

An older baby can be held in your arms so that its back is pressed against your chest. Put one hand under the baby’s bottom and the other behind its back (supporting its head). Lift your baby upright and turn its back towards you. You can seat your baby on your forearm or put your hand between the baby’s legs. The other hand should support the baby’s chest. In this position the baby can look around freely, get to know its surroundings and keep eye contact with people talking to and smiling at it.

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