According to a study, mothers who hold their children skin-to-skin experience less stress. That being said, it’s pretty important how you hold the child, since many of the common methods can harm a baby’s health.
Bright Side thinks it’s important that we all pay special attention to the proper way to hold children. And it turns out that even a baby carrier can be dangerous, as well as swinging kids by their hands — you can read about that in the bonus part.
1. Holding a baby under their armpits
When you hold a baby, it is crucial that you support their head. Newborns don’t have developed neck muscles. They could suddenly move their head which could mean difficulties with breathing and injuries if their neck isn’t properly supported. They won’t be able to support their head by themselves until they are at least 4-6 months old.
2. Keeping a baby in a carrier
You can use carriers, but the main thing is that you have to know how to use them. It’s necessary that the baby’s legs should be supported by the carrier and be held in the same way as the mother would hold the baby. Then the joints will stay in place and the spine won’t be harmed. Otherwise, if the kid’s legs dangle, this can lead to serious hip diseases like dysplasia or dislocation.