It's easy to feel nervous about handling your baby at first. They're so small and can seem so fragile. But she'll feel safer and more relaxed if you hold her firmly and with confidence.
This parenting guide in pictures demonstrates how to handle and hold a newborn baby. It includes tips for picking up babies and ways to cradle your baby.
Skin-to-skin contact is a way of holding a preterm or full term infant so that there is skin-to-skin contact between the infant and the person holding it. The baby is held against the parent’s bare chest wearing only a diaper.
Once a baby develops the muscle strength and control to hold her head up—usually at around 6 months—she's ready to perch where she can see what's going on. Here is a video to help you holding a baby on your hip.
New dads often struggle with the task of holding a baby properly. This video demonstrates how to master not one, but 17 infant-carrying techniques.