Best Gentle And Safe Positions To Hold Your Newborn Baby

Holding a tiny, newborn baby can be daunting, especially if it’s your first time. It’s perfecting normal to worry that the baby may slip from your hands. While the apprehension is reasonable and it’s a good idea to be cautious with a newborn, there are ways to ensure that your hold is firm and comfortable for your baby.

In this blog, BabyFlix has shared a few of the  the most recommended and time-tested positions to hold a brand new baby. With a little preparation and practice, you’ll be a pro in no time at all.      

Preps for holding your baby:

Clean hands:

The very first step is to wash your hands. Your baby's immune system is developing and, your unwashed hands may pass on the infection to her. Rinse your hands with warm water and mild soap and make your guests do the same Keep sanitizer handy at home and on-the-go so that your baby is always held with clean hands.  


Find a comfortable place to sit, move pillows if necessary, and take a deep breath. It’s not just the physical comfort, but also emotional confidence  that keeps baby happy in your arms. At first, you may feel scared, but after a while you will adjust.   

Support Her Head & Neck:

We’re sure you’ve heard this before, but it can be a little surprising when a baby is actually in your arms: newborn babies have no control of their neck muscles. Therefore, you need to make sure you are supporting your baby's head and neck. It's crucial to support the baby until she is three months old. After three months, newborns start to gain control over their head and neck. Also, remember not to press the soft spots on the head (fontanelles).  

Now that you have the crucial basics, read on for the best baby holding positions:

Shoulder Hold:

It is one of the most natural holds for a newborn baby. Here's how to do it:

- Keep your baby's body parallel to yours and lift her to your shoulder.

- Rest the baby's head on your shoulder, then hold her neck and head with one hand and the bottom with other hand.    

This position also allows your baby to listen to your heartbeats.  

Cradle Hold:

Cradling is a simple and easy holding position. Here's how to cradle your baby to sleep:

- Keep your baby's body parallel to your chest and slide your hand from the bottom up to assist the neck and head.  

- Slowly place your baby's head into the curve of your elbow.   

- Now move your hands from the neck to her bottom and hips.

- Hold your baby close to you and let her fall asleep in your hands.

Belly Hold:

It's one of the easiest and enjoyable holding positions for your baby. Here's how to do it:

- Gently lay your baby with stomach down on your forearm and head up on the elbow.  

- Let the baby's feet come to rest on either side of your hand.

- Put your other hand on the back of the baby to make her feel secure.   

This hold is a good position for burping your baby.    

Face-to-face hold:

This hold can help you create a bond with your baby.

- Support your baby's head and neck with one hand, and support the bottom with your other hand.

- Now hold her chest facing you.     

Hip Hold:

This hold works with older infants and should not be used until your baby has complete control over her head and neck.

- Keep your baby's face outward and position her on your hip bones.

- Wrap your arm around her waist.

Chair Hold:

If your baby is bit curious, this position will make her happy. With the Chair Hold, your baby will be held as if she is sitting on a chair. Here's how:

- Hold your baby facing outward to your chest so that the head gets proper support.

- Put your one hand on the baby's chest to prevent her from falling on the sides.

- Now place your other hand on the bottom.

Note: Do not use this hold with babies younger than three months.

Lap Hold :

You can use this position while bottle feeding your baby or sitting.

-  Gently place your feet on the ground while sitting and lay your baby on your lap, across the top of your legs.     

- Put your hands beneath the baby's head for support, and your forearms should cover the body.

- Let the baby's feet tuck in at your waist.   

Be attentive to your little one’s mood whenever you are holding her. If she cries a lot or is fussy and irritated, you can change her position to make her feel comfortable.       

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