Handling a Newborn

If you haven't spent a lot of time around newborns, their fragility may be intimidating. Here are a few basics to remember:

  • Wash your hands (or use a hand sanitizer) before handling your baby.Newborns don't have a strong immune system yet, so they are susceptible to infection. Make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands.
  • Be careful to support your baby's head and neck.Cradle the head when carrying your baby and support the head when carrying the baby upright or when you lay your baby down.
  • Be careful not to shake your newborn, whether in play or in frustration. If you need to wake your infant, don't do it by shaking — instead, tickle your baby's feet or blow gently on a cheek.
  • Make sure your baby is securely fastened into the Carrier, Strolleror a Seat. Limit any activity that could be too rough or bouncy.
  • Remember that your newborn is not ready for rough play, such as being jiggled on the knee. Be gentle and loving for the baby responds to the warmth and affection.

1 comment

  • These are basics, but we don’t generally tend to forget those or overlook in our hurry. I liked it much as this was a good reminder to me. Good post.

    Elaine

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