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Holding Your New Baby

Allison Hutton


Most first-time parents feel that their newborn is very fragile, and may be concerned when holding their tiny little bundle. However, you will be surprised at how your motherly instinct will take over, once your baby is born.

There are several ways you can hold your little one. The most common way is the "cradle hold." With baby on her back, rest her head in the crook of your elbow, and support her back with your free arm.

Many babies like being held over the shoulder, so they can see the world around them. However, when holding baby this way, make sure to keep your hand on the back of her head and neck for support; her muscles are too weak to do this for herself.

There are many other variations, including a forward-facing position, where baby sits on one of your forearms, and your other arm goes across her chest/abdomen for support.

You and baby will try many positions, and possibly invent a few of your own! Most importantly, you must remember to support your baby's head, until they can do this on their own. Also, NEVER shake your baby, or throw her up in the air. Even though she may seem to enjoy it, it can cause serious injury or death to your child. Just relax, and do what works for the both of you, and you'll be an old pro in no time.

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