Handling your Baby birth to 1 year

Most babies like to be handled in a firm way, especially in the early weeks when the sensation of being tightly enclosed (whether by your arms, by clothing, or by a receiving blanket), gives a great sense of security. When it comes to actually moving your baby, do it as slowly, as gently, and as quietly as you can.

It’s an instinctive reaction to hold your baby close to you, and to talk soothingly and lovingly as you look into her face and eyes, and many experiments have shown that children do need and benefit from this physical contact. For example, premature babies gain more weight when they are laid on soft, downy sheets simply because the fluffy sheets give them the impression of being touched. Your newborn ...

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