4 The Right Way to Carry a Baby according to Age
Mother and Father often feel worried when they want to hold a baby? Calm down, in the right way, holding a baby can be fun.
Carrying a baby is something parents do almost every day. In addition to helping soothe Little One, this activity can also foster parents’ ties with their beloved baby. Carrying a baby also provides health benefits for your child, especially for babies born prematurely. However, holding a baby should not be done carelessly, so as not to disturb the structure and function of the body.
Things to note
Before starting to hold a baby, there are some things parents need to pay attention to, namely washing hands with soap first. This is useful to prevent the baby attacked by germs that cause disease.
Next, make sure Mother or Father also finds a safe and comfortable carrying position. In addition, avoid holding a baby in a state of illness huh.
How to carry a baby according to age
The right way to carry a baby according to age, namely:
1. Infants aged 0-2 months
Infants aged 0-2 months have not been able to support their own head. Therefore, it is important to always support the baby’s head and neck. First, bend your body and tuck one hand between the baby’s head and neck, then place the other hand to support the back and buttocks.
Next, lift and place the baby on the chest, then slowly change the position of holding. How to support the back, neck and head of the baby with one arm and place the other hand to support the baby’s head. Old people can also hold the baby in an upright position. You do this by lifting the baby’s body slowly and place it on the shoulders in the prone position. After that, use one hand to support the head and the other hand to support the baby’s lower body.
2. Infants aged 3-4 months
At the age of 3-4 months, babies begin to lift their heads. Occasionally parents can try to hold the baby in a sitting position facing forward, but still help keep the baby’s head position with his hands yes.
3. Infants aged 5-6 months
Little has begun to support his own head at the age of 5-6 months. Mother and Father can carry in a sitting position facing forward. Another way that can be done is to hold the baby’s body leaning to the shoulder position. This is useful to stimulate the baby so that the head is stronger.
At this age, Mother and Father have started to be able to use a baby carrier. Another method that can be used is to hold the baby’s feet in a circle around the parents’ waist, supporting with one hand. Although he has begun to support his head, but it is advisable to keep the position of his head.
4. Infants aged 7 months and above
Generally, babies aged 7 months and above are able to lift their shoulders and head. At this age, babies are also able to hold their legs when held with an upright body.
If still in doubt, Mother and Father can consult a doctor about the right way to hold a baby, according to the age and condition of each baby.
For babies born prematurely, parents can use the kangaroo mother care (KMC) method. You do this by laying the baby on the chest of the Mother or Father, after that cover the tiny body. When using kangaroo care methods, babies only wear diapers and head coverings.
For some parents, holding a baby at first is not an easy thing to do. However, if done carefully and accustomed to, holding a baby is actually easy and fun.