How to Hold a Baby | Infant Care

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holding your baby is something that’s
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very different for every individual you
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really need to hold them in a way that’s
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the most comfortable for you the most
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important thing you have to remember
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when holding a baby especially a newborn
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is to cradle them holding their head and
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neck up to make sure that the head does
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not fall too back
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or too forward there are a few different
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holds that people prefer when holding a
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baby you can hold the baby
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chest-to-chest
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you can hold the baby stomach to stomach
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on an angle you can cradle the baby you
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can hold the baby in what’s called a
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football hold where you put your hand
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underneath their chin flip over the baby
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and pull them outstretched this way
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sometimes when people are walking around
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or need another free hand this may be
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helpful some parents have the head
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leaned back against the baby and hold
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them this way where they put their hands
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supporting underneath between their legs
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and hold them this way really as long as
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the baby is comfortable and you’re
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comfortable and it’s safe it’s important
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for you to do whatever is the most
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comfortable so you can do it often there
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is nothing that’s promotes bonding as
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much as holding and being close to your
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infant a lot of parents when their arms
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get tired like to even put the baby in
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their lap so you can look right into
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their eyes this was my most favorite
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hold with my three daughters because
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they can grow up and they can fit right
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here as they grow and you can look into
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their eyes you can talk to them you can
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hold their hands you can play with their
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feet it’s a wonderful way to be close to
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the baby but also see your baby because
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sometimes in certain holds like this one
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it’s hard to really see their old face
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so remember keep their head up and try
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to hold your baby as much as possible
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it’s really crucial for bonding during
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those first couple months that the baby
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feel very safe very secure and very much
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attached to mom or dad
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