How to Hold a Baby Checklist

With careful practice -- and by watching her face for cues -- you, too, can become an expert handler of your newborn.

__ Always support her head with your arm or hand.

__ Make sure to keep one arm or hand under her back.

__ Use smooth, gentle, and gliding motions when picking her up or putting her down. Avoid any sudden, rough, or jerky movements.

__ Never shake your baby. Doing so can result in "shaken baby syndrome," which can cause blindness, brain damage, or death.

__ Don't cook or handle hot liquids while holding baby, even if she's in a baby carrier or sling.

__ Try different holds to comfort your baby.

Excerpted from the Ages & Stages weekly baby newsletter, Week 1.

Originally published on, February 2006.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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