Proper handling of a newborn is easy for experienced parents but extremely difficult for first-born babies. You should save babies very weak bones so improperly holding will harm the baby’s skeletal system, even leaving an incurable malformation. Check out the advice of the maternity hospital nurses on how to hold and hold your newborn.
How to hold and hold a newborn properly and correctly
How to hold babies up
Don’t worry that your baby is too fragile, weak, stronger than you think it is. The only thing you have to be careful of is that your baby’s head is still weak. It is not until 4 weeks old that the baby can adjust his head a little. So when you hold your baby up, you need to support him first.
Put one hand under the baby’s neck to support the baby’s head.
The other hand goes under the baby’s back and buttocks to support the lower body firmly.
Holding your baby this way, she can easily move her from one place to another gently and smoothly.
How to put babies down
When putting your baby down, you must also remember to hold the baby’s head. Failure to do so will cause the baby’s head to swell downwards, and may make him feel like he is falling, when he/she will jerk up, limbs spread out in a startled reflex. Place your baby down gently as if picking him up, so that his entire arm supports his spine, neck, and head. You can also use a little tighter wrap so that your baby’s head is lifted and held until you’ve put your baby in the crib, then gently remove the swaddle.
How to hold your child up from a supine position
Babies must always be placed on their backs when sleeping or when changing a diaper. Therefore, you have to hold your baby often from this position. If your baby is sleeping, it’s best to wake him gently before you can pick him up. When you’re not fluent, this handling can be sudden and startling, which can make your baby cry. In that situation, you should smile softly to your baby or gently rub your cheek with your hand when preparing to pick him up. It will be easier to bend over before lifting your baby.
Step 1. Grab the back of the baby’s head and bottom: Bring your baby close and place a hand under his head and neck and support his bottom with his other hand. You can also slip your hand from the side or between the legs. Your gentle words will reassure your baby and make him feel safe.
Step 2. Gently lift the baby: Still fully bent forward, you support the entire weight of the body into your hands, making sure the baby’s head is firmly held. Talk to your baby and look into his eyes while gently lifting him.
Step 3. Bring your baby to your chest level: You stand upright and turn your baby parallel to your body, bringing your baby towards your chest. And then, let’s keep his head slightly above his body.
Step 4. Put your baby on the elbow flexion: When putting your baby close to your chest, run the hand on your butt to support the baby’s head. Fold your other arm horizontally with your body and rest your head on the bend, letting the baby lie along the arm. Use your other hand to support that arm.
Hold your baby up from his stomach
Although you often have to pick your baby up from a supine position, sometimes you also have to lift them from the prone position, for example when the baby rolls over to the side while sleeping. At first, you may feel confused about this work.
Step 1. Use your hand to support the baby’s neck and abdomen: Move one hand between the legs so that the palm is in contact with the baby’s chest. Gently place the other palm under the baby’s cheek, making sure the baby’s head is supported firmly.
Step 2. Lift and turn your baby towards you: Slowly lift your baby, keep the weight of your body weight. Hold your baby’s head higher than his body, use the fold of your arm to support his head.
Step 3. Hold your baby in your arms: When turning your baby towards you, place the hand between his legs under his bottom. Lower your other arm so that your baby’s head rests against the elbow flexion and your forearms support along the baby’s torso.
Improper hold of the baby: When you hold the baby’s neck, make sure the baby’s head is aligned with the whole body. Do not lift the baby’s head back more than the body, or put pressure on the baby’s neck, as this will make it hard for the child to breathe.