How to Carry Your Baby Effectively
It is a human need to be loved and to feel loved by means of touch and caresses. Your baby is another human being which is capable of feeling loved and be loved. Studies have shown that caring and loving gestures after birth creates a more rounded personality and a higher emotional quotient (EQ) later on. This is why as a parent you have to learn how to carry your baby effectively in various ways.
The act of carrying a baby involves lifting and carrying its body repeatedly throughout the day. This is a tedious and stressful task especially for mothers and other primary caregivers. Initially, this is not as stressful because a newborn baby is light and tiny; however as weeks go by, your baby grows heavier, further creating stress on you. This creates a challenge for you because you feel you cannot continue carrying him or her any longer due to the stress and the weight he or she places on your body. Also, safety may be one of your concerns since you are always having a certain fear of dropping your baby and causing him or her injury.
So what should you bear in mind when carrying your baby? First, you should follow the right body mechanics. Whatever the age of your baby, when lifting, make sure that your feet are apart by about the width of a shoulder between each other. You should also make sure that your back is straight before you bend your knees and lower yourself in a squatting position. In this way, you cannot place too much stress on your back, torso and legs as you lift your body. If you lift something without positioning yourself properly first, you will develop muscle stretching, straining and spasm that may cause back, shoulder and other bodily pains after a hard day’s work.
After you have positioned yourself well, lower yourself and grasp the baby while pulling him or her close to your body in the space between your shoulders and hips. This is done so that your body absorbs the excess weight being brought by the baby’s body. Then, use your thigh muscles to lift the baby and avoid twisting your body so that you can avoid injury to your back. When you move while holding the baby, always be aware of your movements, taking care not to move too quickly or else you will just bring injury to yourself.
When you try to lift newborns, try kneeling on one knee and place your other foot beside the head of your baby. Then place one hand under the baby’s head and your other hand under the baby’s bottom. Then lift the baby gently and bring him or her closer to your body. As you are lifting the baby, don’t forget to give him or her support to the head and neck. You should also support him or her with your forearms while holding him or her and stand up straight while holding. If you want to lift the baby from a changing table or a crib, you should bend your knees carefully as you bring him or her body close to you while slightly lifting.
To lift a newborn from an elevated surface, such as a crib or changing table, bring her close to your body first, bend your knees slightly and then lift her into your arms. For older babies, you should position yourself very well so as to avoid muscle strain on your part. You should also position your equipment, such as adjusting the car seat, moving the high chair and other preparations. Next, place your hands on the baby’s middle torso while establishing eye contact and saying something to him or her. Bend your legs while practicing proper body mechanics. An older baby 4 months or older can hold himself or herself so you may give support when needed.