How to Hand Off a Newborn
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How to Hand Off a Newborn


How to Hand Off a Newborn. As much as you may hate to give him up, at
some point you’re going to have to let somebody else hold your new baby. Here’s how to safely hand him over. You will need A new baby An adult with clean
hands to pass her to and a burp cloth. Never hand a baby to a young child. Instead, place the baby on the child’s lap—and
stay close by. Step 1. Offer a burp cloth to the person who’s going
to hold your baby—especially if he or she is dressed up or if your newborn is a frequent
spitter-upper. Step 2. You can hand your baby off while you’re cradling
him in your arms or holding him on your shoulder. Either way, keep him close to your body and
have the other person come to you to get him—never extend the baby in your arms out toward the
other person. If you’re sitting, have the other person sit
beside you for the handoff and twist your body sideways so that you’re facing each other. Step 3. To hand off your baby from a cradling position,
have the other person slip her hand under the baby’s head with her fingers spread to
support the baby’s head and neck. At the same time, she can slide her other
hand under the baby’s bottom and hips and lift him toward her. Step 4. To hand off your baby while holding him on
your shoulder, bring him away from you just enough so that the other person can slip her
hand between your hand and the baby’s head, while using her second hand to support his
lower body. Now go take that much-needed bathroom break
and don’t worry: he’s in good hands. Did you know An old superstition says that
a newborn should be carried upstairs—never downstairs—the first time they leave the
room they’re born in, in order to guarantee success in life.

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