For sure, babies ought not to be carried just any way you like. Remember, babies are delicate beings, especially a newborn baby. When carrying them, make sure that every step you make makes them feel safe and comfortable. So, here are the different ways on how to carry your baby properly.
Lying Position In Your Arms
It’s important to relax when you’re about to carry your baby. Babies usually raise your level of anxiety when you carry them and they won’t enjoy being carried by a panicky person. Don’t let them sense your fear, or they won’t stop fidgeting in your arms either.
- Execute a well-supported lift.
To pick up the baby (and this is usually the crucial part), gently and slightly lift the baby’s left shoulder using your left hand and insert your right hand on the baby’s back. With this hand supporting the baby’s head, neck and upper back, lift the baby enough so you can slide your left arm under his or her body. Your left forearm should now be directly under your right hand and under the baby’s body. Lifting the baby a little bit more with your right hand enables your left forearm to support your right hand and forearm, while your right hand stays in place to directly support the baby’s head, neck, and upper back. [RELATED title=”Others also read… ” post=2]
- Bring the baby to your chest.
Now, carefully bring the baby to your chest, with both your thumbs acting as clip to keep the baby intact. Gently rest the baby’s head and neck on the bent part of your left elbow—the part connecting your left forearm and arm—while your right hand remains under the baby’s body supporting the back and legs, keeping the baby’s back flat and straight with the neck and head. Now, your left thumb alone supports as a clip. [INPOSTLB]
Carrying the Baby in an Upright Position
If you need to carry the baby in an upright position, like when you need to help in burping them after milk feeding, here are the steps:
- From position 3 above, carefully bring the baby in front of you and bend over to place your upper left chest directly to the baby’s body. Your right hand should be supporting the baby’s head, neck, and upper body, while your left hand should be supporting the baby’s buttocks.
- Slowly stand straight from your bending position, with your baby’s body fully supported by your upper left chest and your right hand, while your left hand remains holding the buttocks. The fingers of your right hand should support the baby’s head. Make sure the baby’s face is not covered by your left shoulder and is free from any obstacles to breathing.
Putting the Baby Back to Bed
When putting the baby back to bed, simply lay him or her down on the bed or crib from position 3 in the first set of instructions above. Lay the baby’s head on the pillow, with your right hand supporting the head, neck, and upper body. Then, gently release your left forearm. The last to be released should be your right hand.
There is no exact way on how to carry your baby, but at least these steps should help you figure out what position your baby is most comfortable in. Of course, your baby might have quirks in sleeping or being carried that other babies don’t have, so pay close attention to your baby’s reactions every time you carry them.