HOW MUCH SHOULD I HOLD MY BABY?
Newborn babies need to feel safe and loved. Hold your baby a lot. Hold your baby for comfort, for feeding and for play. Look into your baby’s face and talk to him. Don’t worry that you are going to spoil your baby.
HOW SHOULD I HOLD MY BABY?
There are different ways to hold your baby:
- You may hold your baby over your shoulder, in your arms or on your lap.
- When you hold your baby, make sure to support his head. Newborn babies don’t have strong enough muscles to support their head by themselves.
- Support your baby’s body well so that he does not fall.
- Do not allow children to hold a baby without an adult watching them. Make sure the child sits down on a chair or couch with an adult close by.
CAN OTHER PEOPLE HOLD MY BABY?
Do not allow your newborn baby to be passed around to a lot of people. Babies do not have strong immune systems and they can get sick easily. Have your family members wash their hands with soap and water before holding the baby. Anyone who is sick should not hold your baby.