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Article: How To Hold a Baby?

How To Hold a Baby?

How To Hold a Baby?

For many new parents or caregivers, holding babies can be a stressful and fresh experience. The way you hold and support your little one can be intimidating but don't worry. With a little guidance and practice, everyone can hold their babies safely and comfortably. 

Today's guide will teach you how to hold your little one safely.

What is the correct position to hold a baby?

For new caregivers, mastering various ways to hold your baby can be exciting. Below we'll explore a variety of baby-holding positions, each with their own benefits and appropriate for different situations. Whether you're a new parent, an experienced caregiver, or just eager to learn, mastering these positions will not only promote a strong bond between you and your baby but also ensure their maximum comfort and safety. So let's explore some typical holding positions as below. 

Cradle Hold:

The cradle is a classic holding position that involves the parents holding the baby's head with one arm and supporting the baby's hips with the other arm. It is a comfortable and secure hold that mimics the feeling of being in a cozy nest, providing comfort and closeness for both parents and babies.

Football Hold:

In the football hold, the parents place the baby's body next to his or her arm and support the baby's head with his or her hand. This position is especially helpful for babies who have difficulty suckling during breastfeeding because it provides the parents with better vision and control.

Shoulder Hold:

With the shoulder hold position, the infant rests on the parent's shoulder with the head supported by the hand or arm. This position is often used to burp or soothe an infant after feeding, and the parents can easily pat or rub the infant's back to aid in digestion.

Lap Hold: 

Lap hold involves sitting down and holding your baby in your lap with your hands supporting your baby's head and hips. This is a relaxed and intimate position that is perfect for cuddling while providing stability and security for your baby.

Cross Cradle Hold:

Similar to the cradle hold, but with a twist, the cross-cradle hold involves holding the baby's head with the opposite arm and supporting the baby's hips with the other arm. This position provides extra support for the baby's head and neck, making it a popular choice for breastfeeding or soothing an irritable baby.

Upright Hold:

Holding the baby upright on the parent’s chest or shoulders is called upright holding. This position allows the baby to see the world around them while feeling the warmth of their parents.

Kangaroo Hold:

Inspired by kangaroo care, the kangaroo hold involves holding an infant's skin against the parent's bare chest. This position promotes bonding, regulates the infant's body temperature, and even helps stabilize the infant's heart rate and improve their breathing pattern.


Sling Hold:

Using a baby sling or carrier, parents can hold the baby close to their arms while freeing their hands. This position promotes bonding and allows parents to move around while keeping the baby safe and content. 

Back Hold: 

Back hold is suitable for larger infants with good head and neck control, the back position involves carrying the infant on the parent's back using a specialized strap or wrap. This position provides a different perspective for the infant and allows the parents to participate in activities while keeping the infant close and secure.

How to hold a baby while bottle feeding?

When bottle feeding, there are some tips you should pay attention to:

  • Always hold your baby in your arms when holding him or her. 
  • Hold your baby's head and neck with one hand while holding the bottle with the other. 
  • Make sure your baby's head is slightly elevated to prevent choking. 
  • Keep the bottle tilted so that the nipple is always full of milk to avoid air bubbles. 
  • Maintain eye contact with your baby and talk softly to build bonding during feeding. 
  • Always burp your baby gently after feeding to expel trapped air.

How to hold a baby to stop crying?

If you want to calm a crying baby, it can be helpful to hold them close to your chest. Below is an approximate guideline:

  • Gently rock your baby back and forth or side to side to calm them down.
  • Support your baby's head and neck and try holding them in different positions, such as cradling them in your arms or resting them upright against your shoulder.
  • Some babies will find gentle rocking comfortable, while others prefer to be held close.
  • You can also try singing or whispering softly to soothe your baby.
  • Pay attention to your baby's cues and see what ways help them relax the most.

How to hold a colic baby?

It is important to provide gentle support and comfort when holding a colicky baby. Holding your baby upright on your chest can help ease the discomfort associated with flatulence. You can also try laying your baby across your forearms and gently rubbing or patting their back to help release trapped gas. Try different holding positions to see which one relieves your baby's discomfort the most. Creating a calming environment with soft lighting and soothing sounds will also help to relax both your baby and yourself. 

How to hold a gassy baby?

When holding a gassy baby, it's best to keep them upright to help ease the discomfort. Hold your baby on your chest with their head resting on your shoulder. Gently pat or rub your baby's back in a circular motion to promote burping and release trapped gas. You can also try laying your baby across your lap and gently rubbing their back to help them expel gas. Try different holds to find the position that works best for your baby. It's also important to burp your baby frequently during and after feedings to prevent gas buildup.

How to hold a baby while breastfeeding?

It is important to find a position that is comfortable for both mother and baby when holding the baby while breastfeeding. 

Mothers can use the cradle hold, where they support the baby's head with their arms and the baby's body faces the mother. 

Another way to hold the baby is in a football hold, where the baby is held under the armpits with the body close to the mother. Make sure the baby's mouth is aligned with the nipple for proper sucking. Use pillows or cushions for support if necessary and make sure the mother is relaxed to promote milk flow. Adjust the position as needed until both mother and baby are comfortable during breastfeeding.

How to hold a baby with reflux?

When holding a refluxing baby, be sure to keep them in an upright position to prevent spitting up and discomfort. Keep your baby against your chest with their head slightly above their stomach. This is done by resting your baby on your shoulder or having them sit on your lap with support. Avoid laying your baby flat on their back immediately after feeding to reduce the likelihood of reflux symptoms. Burping your baby frequently during and after feedings can also help ease reflux symptoms. Try different holding positions to find the most comfortable position for your baby to reduce reflux episodes.


In short, holding a baby requires gentleness and consideration. Whether bottle feeding, calming a crying baby, dealing with colic or flatulence, or breastfeeding, the key is to provide support while being mindful of the baby's comfort and safety. It is important to find the most appropriate holding position for both the baby and parents and adjust as needed to ensure a positive experience for everyone. 

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