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How to Hold a Standard Newborn Baby in Stages

Depending on each stage of the baby’s development, the mother chooses to hold the baby appropriately.

Standard infant carrying position

Babies 1 – 2 months

It is best to hold your baby in a horizontal position, minimize the position of holding your baby upright (also known as shoulder-carrying). The reason is that in this stage, the baby’s head length accounts for about 1/4 of the total length of the body, so when carried, the weight of the whole head will put pressure on the spine.

Some mothers who want to pick up their babies after feeding to burp their babies’ backs to burp, to avoid exposing the milk, need to pay attention to the baby’s body against his chest and support the head, the baby’s neck will fall naturally on the shoulders. Control pressure on the baby’s spine. However, it should not hold the baby in this position for long.

3 – 5 months

When your baby reaches this age, you can choose to hold your baby in an inclined or vertical position (carrying). During this period, the baby’s head was initially held in a straight line but the neck and back muscles were not fully developed. Therefore, although it is advised that you can hold your baby in 2 ways above, the way to hold your baby upright should not be maintained for too long.

With the baby holding his back straight, you can let your baby sit on one arm, the other arm supporting the baby’s chest and neck so that it is close to your chest. At this time, you are like solid support for your baby’s neck and back. With a small change in the holding position like this, he will love it.

Babies 6 months and older

From this stage onwards, you can choose a variety of baby holding positions depending on the specific situation and your baby’s liking. Particularly armpit-style stealing, according to the oral tradition, should wait until the baby is strong, usually, about 1 year old is best.

Some attention when holding infants

Before you hold your baby, you should wash your hands and remove all bracelets to avoid scratching your baby’s immature skin. After that, you should rub your hands together to create warmth before holding your baby.

While holding your baby, your movements need to be gentle and gentle, so look into the baby’s eyes and smile. Even when your baby is crying, don’t be so impatient that your movements will become too fast, too strong. Most newborn babies prefer to be carried by their mothers with calmness and gentleness so that they will feel safe.

¬†When less than 2-3 months, the baby’s neck is very weak, with no lifting power up. Therefore, you need to pay attention to support your baby’s head when picking up or putting him down.

When your baby is interested in a certain game, after the game ends, you should hold your baby for some time to be quiet, relax after the spirit has been excited.

Holding a baby brings many benefits

The fact that the baby is held tightly in the mother’s arms or the baby is tightly wrapped diapers makes her feel safe. Holding them gently, cuddling them gently, cuddling them, when talking directly to their face is really what they need and benefit them. Experiments show that a premature baby will gain weight faster if placed on soft, smooth sheets, simply because such sheets make the baby feel exposed, stroked. Therefore, your newborn baby will feel comfortable when being cuddled, cuddled, and affectionate by your mother.


After reading this article, you will know for the first time how to hold a baby, how to hold a baby properly. Holding a newborn is the most important act of showing the affection that cures parents and babies, so please take care of your baby.