Newborn babies can feel very fragile when you hold them for the first time. But you’ve nothing to worry about if you follow one of these four simple holds. My personal favourite is the ‘Superman hold’, leaving you with a free hand for a bottle of trendy craft beer, a TV remote or other man-gadget.
1. CRADLE HOLD
Rest your baby’s head in the crook of your arm. Use your free arm to support their bum. Note: Newborns often like sleeping in this position.
2. SHOULDER HOLD
Rest your baby against your shoulder. Place your forearm under their bum. Use your free hand to pat their back and remove trapped wind. Or use circular motions to relieve constipation.
3. SUPERMAN HOLD
Place your baby chest down along one of your forearms. Reach through their legs and grip their bum or thigh with your hand. Note: Free hand can be used to hold TV remote, phone or other man-gadget.
4. BABY CARRIER
Strap your baby to your chest following the manufacturer’s instructions. This will give you two free hands. Note: Newborns should face inwards. Babies who can hold their head up should face outwards.