By Raising Children Network
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Picking up your baby

Take care around the soft fontanelles on baby's head; support her head and neck; when picking up, support her head and bottom with your hands.
  • Take care with your newborn’s head, especially around the fontanelles, the soft spots on the top of his head. Always support your newborn’s head and neck – newborns have very little neck muscle control.
  • When picking your baby up, slide one hand under her head for support, with your other hand under her bottom.
  • Once you’ve got a good hold, scoop your baby up and bring him close to your chest.
 

Cradling your baby

Slide your hand from her bottom up to support her neck; move baby's head to the crook of your arm, supporting her neck; place your other hand under her bottom.
  • Make sure your baby’s head is resting on your chest. Slide your hand from her bottom up to support her neck.
  • Gently move your baby’s head to the crook of your arm, still supporting his neck. Place your other hand under his bottom.
  • Using the cradle hold lets you look at and talk to your newborn.
 

Shoulder hold and safety tips

Rest baby on your chest and shoulder, supporting her head, neck and bottom; never hold hot drinks or cook while holding your baby; hold him securely up and down stairs.
  • Rest your baby on your chest and shoulder, supporting her head and neck with your hand. Place your other hand under her bottom. This way baby can hear your heartbeat and see over your shoulder.
  • To keep your baby safe, never hold hot drinks or cook while you’re holding him. Always hold him securely when going up or down steps.
  • You might like to help children and older people if they want to hold your baby. Have them sit down, then gently place your baby in their cradled arms.
 
 
 
 
  • Last updated or reviewed 14-10-2011