How to manage your new bundle of joy

Handling newborns can be so intimidating due to their fragility. But you learn during the process, so no worries.

Here are a few tips to remember:

  • Wash your hand properly (or use a hand sanitizer) before handling your baby. The immune system of newborns is weak, so they are susceptible to infection. Make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands.

  • Be careful to support your baby's head and neck.Cradle the head when carrying your baby and support the head when carrying the baby upright or when you lay your baby down.

  • Be careful not to shake your newborn, whether in play or in frustration. Shaking that is vigorous can cause bleeding in the brain and even death. That is a common mistake that new parents make. If you need to wake your infant, don't do it by shaking — instead, tickle your baby's feet or blow gently on a cheek.

  • Make sure your baby is securely fastened into the carrier, stroller, or car seat. Limit any activity that could be too rough or bouncy.

  • Remember that your newborn is not ready for rough play, such as being jiggled on the knee or thrown in the air.

 


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