WHAT IS THE SAFEST WAY TO HOLDING A BABY ?
The vertical position
The lying position on your back
The sitting position
The belly position
How Can I Feel More Confident About Handling My Baby ?
What Is The Safest Way To Carry Her When I ’ M Walking Around ?
My Partner Is Afraid He ’ Ll Hurt Her By Picking Her Up . Is He Right ?
Does It Matter If Lots Of Different People Hold Her ?
My Newborn Won’t Let Me Put Him Down ,I Can’t Get Anything Done. What Can I Do?
Can I carry my baby around with me?
How can I cope?
How Should I Handle My Baby ?
Picking Your Baby Up
|2. Lift her slowly, close to your body, continuing to support and cradle her with your hands.||3.Turn her toward your chest and shoulders as you|
straighten your back.
Holding Your Baby
You can hold your baby in several positions the best being the one that is most comfortable and natural for you both. Your baby will need to feelsecure, whether she’s cradled in the crook of your elbow, held upright against your chest, or even held face down in your arms.
ON YOUR SHOULDER
Put one hand under her bottom to take her weight and support her head with your other hand.
ON YOUR ARM , FACING YOU
Cradle your baby’s head in thecrook of your elbow, and supporther bottom with your other hand.
|ON YOUR ARM , FACING DOWN|
Lay your baby along your forearm with one hand under her and the
other supporting her body.
How Do I Use A Sling ?
A sling on your front can be used almost immediately, as long as it is not too big for your baby and her head is supported. Many slings have head supports built in.
If you plan to use a sling later on, get your baby used to one in the first six weeks.
for twins, a sling can still be useful for carrying one baby when the other one is asleep; or you and your partner can carry one baby each. Your baby will probably not want to be in a sling for too long. To begin with, half an hour might be her limit, but this will lengthen as she gets older.
How Do I Put My Baby In A Sling ?
Put the sling down in an open position on a sofa or bed and place your baby on her back on top of it.
2. Gently ease her legs into the leg-holes in the sling. Sit down and gather baby and sling to you, at a height where you are able to kiss the top of her head.
3. Holding your baby securely, pull the straps over your shoulders and tie thebuckle firmly the fastening may be at the side or back, so you may need another adult to help you. Stand up when your baby is fully strapped in. Make sure that your baby’s legs are supported, but not squashed or cramped.
Can I Make A Sling ?
If necessary, you can make a sling from a crib sheet or a piece of strong fabric, measuringabout 3 x 6 ft (1 x 2 m). Drape the fabric over one shoulder, ideally your left, and tie the ends together with a strong knot at the opposite hip. Rotate the sling so that the knot is at your back.
Then gently ease your baby into the pouch made at the front by the rest of the material. Make sure that she is held securely against your chest and cannot fall out.
How to hold a baby to breastfeed
Breastfeeding is often, beyond its purely nutritional value, a real moment of pleasure for mothers and babies. But if it is spoiled by pain or cracks, everything can be called into question.
To avoid this, it is important to hold your baby properly while breastfeeding. How to hold your baby well when breastfeeding? We give you some leads.
1- Make yourself comfortable
- Armchairs, sofas, beds, or even on the floor, no matter where you finally settle. What matters most is that you find it comfortable. If you are not well settled, if your back hurts (or elsewhere) in the chosen position, the baby will also feel it, and will be less comfortable during the feeding.
- Be as relaxed as possible, without muscle tension.
- Get deep enough into your seat and wedge your lower back with cushions if necessary.
- Place your baby facing you, he must be completely facing you, his stomach against yours, his head lodged in the hollow of your elbow. This position is the most common.
- Use pillows or a breastfeeding cushion to hold your baby if you have trouble holding him or her or if he or she is too heavy. The important thing is really to focus on comfort for both of you and the ease with which baby can suck.
2- Adopt the right position
There are several ways to hold a baby. Again, there is no way to do it right. Above all, you must find the right position for you and your baby. Nevertheless, here are the main positions you can test:
- place your baby facing you, belly to belly, his head in the hollow of your elbow, your arm resting on an armrest or a cushion.
- The "rugby ball" position: place your baby on your waist, with his head resting in your hand (a bit like holding a rugby ball). This position is mainly used in post-partum care, especially after a cesarean section.
- Lying down: lie down, with your head cushioned, and place your baby in front of you. This position is ideal for night feedings.