How to Hold a Newborn Baby Properly

7 Ways To Hold A Newborn Baby


Holding a newborn infant the right way isn’t rocket science, but you would never know it from the nervousness parents display when it is time to cradle their little ones. When for the parents, it is a first child, the nervousness assumes crises proportions as they are afraid a wrong move can bring irreparable harm to baby. Don’t despair if you are in this situation though, following is a great descriptive article that will show you how to hold your infant safely, and have fun doing it.


When you are ready to hold your baby, there are a few preliminaries to take care of first: they include, washing your hands and choosing a comfortable position whether standing or sitting. These are all important as baby is still far from immune to most of our common bacteria and viruses. So hygiene is important, and choosing a good position ascertains you are holding baby in a position that doesn’t tire you or is awkward. So let’s go.

How Should You Pick Up a Baby?

Pick up the baby by placing a hand under the head, also supporting the neck area, and your other hand under their bottom. The hand under baby’s bottom is to lift him or her, while the hand under the neck and head provides support for the head.

Now you have picked up your baby, we can go to how you hold him or her in a number of positions.

Different Baby Holding Positions

1. Shoulder Hold

As with picking up baby, ensure one hand is kept firmly but gently under baby’s neck and head and the other under his bottom. Lift baby to your shoulder in an upright position. Baby’s face can then rest on your shoulder.

2. Football Hold

The football hold position is a favorite all over the world.  It provides support for baby’s head and neck with your forearm and the same hand supports the entire back, with the legs extending away from you. Baby can be placed close to your chest for feeding.

3. Lap Hold

The lap hold is done with you seated, both feet on the floor, and legs and thighs pressed together. Baby is resting on his back on your laps, which can be adjusted for height. Use one hand to support baby’s head and neck.

4. Chair Hold

Rest baby securely on your chest, supporting his entire body. Your hand is paced under baby to support both his back and legs. This position is also called the ‘Hello-World hold’ position, as it allows baby to look at the world around him or her.

5. Cradle Hold

Baby is held horizontally to the chest level. One hand crooks around to support his neck on your forearm, while the other hand supports some of the legs, bottom and back. Baby’s face is towards your chest.

6. Hip Hold

Only babies at least four months old or older, and who can support their own necks can be held in this way. Baby is placed, seated, at your hip, with legs divided to each side of your body. Either one or both arms then wrap around baby, holding your infant secure.

7. Face-to-Face Hold

When you want to share quality time with your child, this is a good position. One hand and arm supports baby’s head, the other his bottom and lower back. Alternatively both hands and arms can be pressed together, providing wide support for baby. Both hands hold his head and baby rests on your forearms

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