· Wash your hands
A newborn's immune system is not strong yet, they are susceptible to infection. So always wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before handling your newborn.
· Pick up a newborn
Be careful to support your baby’s head and neck. When picking up your baby, slide one hand under his head, with your other hand under his bottom. Scoop and bring the baby close to your body.
If you are lifting the newborn from the ground, get down on one knee and bring the newborn close to your body before you stand up.
· Holding your Newborn
Rest your baby on your chest and shoulder, supporting his head and neck with your hand and don’t try to hold your baby by using one hand and always support the head and neck because newborns do not have strong neck muscles.
· Cradle a baby
Move your baby’s head to the crook of your arm supporting the neck and place the other hand under the baby’s bottom. Using the cradle hold lets talk to your newborn.
· Use a baby carrier
All babies love to be carried around and for a mother, nothing can be special holding her baby in her arms all day along. Always check the minimum weight and read instructions before you use it and select the best one for your baby.
· Be Kind
A newborn is not ready for rough play. Limit any activity that could be too bouncy, rough and do not shake your baby too much and try to handle in a gentle manner.