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How to Pick Up a Newborn

The key to this basic skill is remembering that an infant has no control over his head and no strength in his neck, so it's important to support both.


  • Step 1: Slide hand under Lean over the baby and slide one hand under his head and neck.
  • Step 2: Slide other hand Slip the other hand under his hips and bottom.
  • TIP: Spread out the fingers of both hands; this will provide the most support for the baby's body.
  • Step 3: Lift baby While still leaning over, lift the baby to your chest. Hold him close to your body as you straighten to standing.
  • Step 4: Reverse steps Simply reverse the steps to put the baby down.
  • FACT: A newborn's head accounts for a quarter of his body weight.

You Will Need

  • Clean hands
  • A newborn in need of a cuddle

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