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How to Hold a Newborn Baby - 5 Easy Baby Holds for New Parents | DadWell



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hey guys Matt here with baby in the know

calm today we've got another installment

in our baby basics series this time

we're gonna be talking about how to hold

your newborn properly this is my newborn

daughter Johanna she's about three and a

half weeks old and she's gonna be

helping me out today while we

demonstrate these techniques alright so

here we go so the first hold I want to

demonstrate for you today is called the

cradle hold this one may become your go

to hold I know it has for my wife and I

because it allows you to have one hand

free at all times which is really

important as a new parent because as we

know life doesn't stop just because you

have a baby you still have to get things

done so what you want to do is start

with your left hand on your baby's rear

your right hand supporting your head and

neck and all you'll need to do is just

spin her around in that left hand and

place her right on the inside of your

elbow there allow your forearm to allow

her back to rest on your forearm you're

gonna be supporting her back that way

and then make sure you've got your your

hand right under her mm-hmm alright so

the second hold I want to demonstrate

for you today is called the snuggle hold

this is a great way to comfort your baby

if she's a little bit fussy again you'll

want to start with your left hand under

her bottom your right hand supporting

her head and neck you'll spin her around

and bring her in close to your chest

like this make sure you turn her head so

that her airway is unobstructed and so

that she can breathe well she'll be able

to hear your heartbeat hear and feel

your body warmth and it'll be a good

comforting position for her you can also

move her up on to the lower part of your

shoulder continue to support that like

this and this is a good position for

burping the third hold I'd like to

demonstrate for you today is called the

football hold this one is a favorite of

dads everywhere for what I think are

obvious reasons but even if you're a

breastfeeding mother this is a great way

to hold your baby to put her in the

perfect position for nursing so what

you'll do is just start in the standard

position again with your left hand on

your baby's bottom and your right hand

under her head and neck to support her

there you'll spin her bottom around

placing her legs underneath your right

arm allow her back to rest on your right

forearm like this and continue to

support her head and neck with your

right hand you can then let go with your

left hand you got a hand free and also

if you're breastfeeding you just turn

her face

in and her body in a little bit towards

you alright and then she's in the

perfect position for nursing this next

hold is known as a face-to-face hold

which is a great way to interact with

your baby if she's awake and alert

all you'll need to do is starting from

this standard position with your left

hand on your baby's bottom your right

hand supporting your head and neck is

just spin her around spin her around so

that you're face to face

from here you can talk to your baby you

can sing to your baby you can play with

her make faces and this is a great way

to connect with your newborn the last

hole we're going to talk about today is

what's known as the belly hold this is a

great way to hold your infant in a

secure position and give you hand free

for burping so what you're going to do

is again starting in this standard

position with your left hand on your

baby's bottom right hand under her head

and neck is rotate her around in that

left hand supporting her head and neck

the whole way place her on your left

forearm making sure to turn her head so

that her airway is unobstructed and then

bring her up to this horizontal position

and you have a perfect position for

burping