Handling Your Newborn

Handling Your Newborn Baby

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The Basics

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before handling your baby
  • Support your baby’s head and neck.  Cradle your child’s head when carrying your baby, and support both the head and neck when carrying your baby upright or when laying your baby down.
  • Be careful not to shake your baby, either in play or in frustration.  Vigorous shaking can cause neurologic bleeding that can lead to death.  If you need to wake your child, try tickling your baby’s feet or blowing gently on their cheek.
  • Just remember, your newborn is not yet ready to be bounced on a knee or thrown in the air.  That day will come, but let them develop first in due course.

Courtesy Of The Parenting Channel