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How To Hold a Newborn on Your Shoulder

Watch more Holding & Bonding with Your Baby videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Nestle your infant against your shoulder and your baby will be close to your heart. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Drape burp cloth Drape the burp cloth over the shoulder you plan to use. Make sure it hangs down at least several inches in back and front so you're covered if the baby spits up. Tip If you're right-handed, you might want to put your baby against your left shoulder, and vice-versa. That way, as you get more confident holding her you'll have your 'good' hand free to do other things. Step 2: Pick up baby Pick up your baby by supporting her head and neck with one hand and her hips and bottom with the other. Holding her close to your body, stand up straight. Step 3: Position baby Hold her as high or low against your chest and shoulder as feels comfortable. Some babies like to snuggle down low enough to hear your heartbeat. Others prefer being able to peek over your shoulder. Tip Positioning a baby high on your shoulder so that her arms hang down your back can help relieve an upset tummy by putting pressure on it. Just be sure to hold on tight. Step 4: Rock or sway With your fingers spread to give her maximum support, feel free to rock or sway or—if you're feeling especially graceful and content—gently dance with her in your arms. Did You Know? Most moms instinctively will hold their babies on the left side—perhaps to literally keep them near their hearts.
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