Some people think that babies are ultra breakable. Babies are actually fairly rugged individuals. So long as you're not tossing...
Some people think that babies are ultra breakable. Babies are actually fairly rugged individuals. So long as you're not tossing that baby into the air and you're supporting her neck, you're good to go. Trust me, my son's dad had NEVER held a baby before Cedar came along, and he was a pro in under a month.
Try the following - great if you or your partner are new to newborns.
- Pick your newborn up slowly. While older babies enjoy being swooped up faster (its fun!) newborns are startled easily, so go slow.
- To get used to the size and bulk of a newborn without all the arm and leg flailing around try swaddling her first. Then pick her up and hold her close.
- Always support your baby's head and neck. Newborns heads seem to flop around, so keep your hand lightly behind her head, even if she's settled in the crook of your neck.
- Try resting her on your forearm for a classic cradle hold or try an upside down cradle when her tummy hurts - nestle her in the crook of your arm with her belly facing downward.