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How to hold your newborn

It’s completely normal to feel a little unsure when holding your newborn baby. They look so fragile and you might be worried about hurting them.

Don’t worry, it just takes some practice to get comfortable with handling your baby. It will eventually just feel like second nature. Here are some tips on how to hold your baby safely.

How to pick up a baby

The main thing to remember when holding your baby is to keep their head supported, their neck isn’t strong enough to be able to do this on their own yet. 

Slide one hand under your baby’s head to support it and use the other hand under their bum. Once you have a secure hold, bring them up towards your body close to your chest and adjust them into the position you want to hold them in.

Over the shoulder hold

  • Lift your baby up towards your shoulder and lay their head down facing inwards, so they can have a nosey behind you.
  • Hold their neck and back with one arm and use your other to hold them up with their bum.


Cradle hold

  • Position your baby horizontally across your chest using the crook of your elbow to support their neck.
  • Use your other hand to support their bottom and back.

Belly hold

  • Place your baby with their stomach across your forearm with their head resting towards your elbow.
  • Let their feet fall at either side of your hand.
  • You can bring your other arm under your baby for extra support or gently rub their back to relieve any trapped wind.

Find out more about how to wind your baby

Lap hold

  • While you are sitting down comfortably lay your baby on your lap face up with their head at your knees.
  • Support their head with both hands and slide your forearms under their body. 

Important advice for you

Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life, followed by continued breastfeeding together with complementary foods.

Breastmilk promotes your baby’s sensory and cognitive development, it protects your baby against infectious and chronic diseases and can help your baby to recover quicker during illness.

Unlike infant milks, breastfeeding also contributes to your health and well-being, reducing the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer.  It can also build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby.

Breastfeeding is safe for the environment. You should also consider the social and financial implications of using infant milk. It is important for you to eat a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy and as you breastfeed. Combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding may reduce your breast milk supply and it may be difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed.

Please take advice from your healthcare professional before using Baby & Me Organic. If you do choose to use our products, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully as incorrect preparation may make your baby ill.

The content provided in this article is for information purposes only and should not be regarded as medical advice. Please consult a doctor, midwife or healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about your or your child’s health.