After the baby is born, facing the baby’s delicate and soft body, young parents are often at a loss how to hold the delicate and small body.

After the baby is born, facing the baby’s delicate and soft body, young parents are often at a loss how to hold the delicate and small body. And the baby suddenly left the soft and comfortable uterus, in the face of a strange world will also show panic discomfort, eager to warm embrace. So for the mother, one of the most important courses after the baby is born is to learn how to hold the baby and make him feel safe and relaxed in his arms. This kind of close touch is the first step to establish parent-child relationship, which is of great significance for the healthy growth of baby.

I. two ways to hold a new baby

Before holding the baby, eyes or voice should be used to make him pay attention to avoid scaring the baby. At the time of teasing, slowly reach out to pick up the baby. There are two commonly used ways to hold the newborn baby, one is wrist holding method, and the other is hand holding method.

1. Wrist holding method. Put the baby’s head in one arm bend, protect the baby’s head with elbow, and protect the baby’s back and waist with wrist and hand. At the same time, the small arm of the other hand is extended to protect the baby’s legs, and the hand is holding the baby’s buttocks and waist. This is the most commonly used pose.

2. Hand holding method. Use one hand to hold the baby’s back, neck and head, and the other hand to hold his small buttocks and waist. This method is often used to lift and lower the baby from the bed.

2. Four precautions for holding a new baby

The new baby is very delicate. There are four precautions when holding him.

1. Hold the baby’s head

Babies born soon have big heads and small bodies, immature neck muscles, and no strength to support the weight of the whole head. So when holding the baby, you must hold his head to avoid hurting his strength. When holding, you can hold the baby a little tighter, which can enhance the baby’s sense of security.

2. Don’t hold the baby upright

The newborn’s head accounts for 1 / 4 of the whole body length. When holding the baby vertically, the weight of the baby’s head is all pressed on the cervical vertebra. When the baby is 1-2 months old, the neck muscle is not fully developed, and the neck muscle is weak. It is necessary to prevent this kind of incorrect holding posture from damaging the baby’s spine. These injuries are not easy to find at that time, but may affect the future growth and development of children. So hold the baby horizontally, not vertically.

3. More communication with the baby

Parents should talk and sing with the baby, look at the baby gently with their eyes, touch the baby gently, and have physical contact with the baby. This kind of emotional communication, can make the baby’s vision more open, more stimulated by the surrounding environment, has great benefits to the child’s brain development, mental development and physical growth. Caressing the baby is the first step to establish the relationship between parents and children, which is very important for the physical and mental development of the baby.

4. Keep the baby close to the mother’s left chest

When holding the baby, you should put his head on the left side of the mother, and deliberately let the baby’s ears close to the heartbeat of the parents, so that he can hear the rhythm of the heartbeat. There have been experiments abroad: when babies cry and quarrel, parents hold them, one group of babies is in their arms, parents pat them gently with their hands; another group of babies listen to their parents’ heartbeat, and it is found that the latter group of babies is easier to be quiet than the former group. This is because the fetus is used to hearing the mother’s heartbeat in the mother’s body. After being born, let him hear such familiar voice again, which will produce a kind of cordiality. It is easy to adapt to this situation and calm down the mood.


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