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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.

Instructions

  • 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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