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Learn how to hold your baby properly with this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- A baby
- A burp cloth, if she's prone to spitting up
Drape burp cloth
Drape the burp cloth over the shoulder you plan to use. Make sure it hangs down at least several inches in back and front so you're covered if the baby spits up.
Pick up baby
Pick up your baby by supporting her head and neck with one hand and her hips and bottom with the other. Holding her close to your body, stand up straight.
Hold her as high or low against your chest and shoulder as feels comfortable. Some babies like to snuggle down low enough to hear your heartbeat. Others prefer being able to peek over your shoulder.
Rock or sway
With your fingers spread to give her maximum support, feel free to rock or sway or—if you're feeling especially graceful and content—gently dance with her in your arms.