handling a newbornMany new parents can be nervous when handling a newborn baby to begin with and, although they are not made of glass, particular attention should be paid to supporting your baby’s neck and head. For the first few weeks after birth, baby’s neck muscles have not developed sufficiently to support their heads.

To support your baby properly, always cradle the head when carrying your baby in a lying position. When carrying your baby in an upright position or when you lay your baby down, ensure you protect the neck and head by placing your hand underneath to support the weight.

Never shake a newborn baby – either in play or frustration as this can cause life threatening damage.

Holding your baby is a great way of bonding and making them feel safe and comforted.