How to hold and dress your newborn baby

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When dressing your newborn, make them feel safe and secure. Watch this video to learn tips on how to hold and dress your newborn baby.

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How to hold and dress your newborn baby

When you hold and dress your newborn baby, it’s important that you handle them slowly and gently. You want to keep them safe and make them feel secure.

Keep his body close to yours and don’t let his arms and legs dangle. Support his head and neck with one hand and his bottom and thighs with the other. Always support your baby’s neck.

When you dress your baby, lay him down in a safe place with all of the clothes you need at hand to avoid distractions and falls.

When putting on a shirt or a sweater, start with your baby’s head and then the arms. When taking it off, take the arms off first, then pull it over the head.

In the first few months, you’ll need to do everything for him. Over time, your baby will be able to do some of the pushing and pulling himself.

Don’t use shoes until your baby can walk. If you use them too early, shoes will interfere with foot development. Start with just booties and socks.

When dressing your baby to go outside, put on the same number of layers an adult would need for the weather. In winter, your baby needs a hat to protect his head against heat loss. Try to resist the urge to overdress your baby in the summer.

• When you pick up your newborn, hold their body close to yours and with their neck supported.
• Dress a newborn lying down.
• Keep clothing and booties within arms’ reach.

To learn more, visit www.aboutkidshealth.ca

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This video is provided for general information only. It does not replace a diagnosis or medical advice from a healthcare professional who has examined your child and understands their unique needs. Please speak with your doctor to check if the content is suitable for your situation.

Cette vidéo sert à donner des renseignements généraux seulement. Elle ne remplace pas le diagnostic ou les conseils médicaux d’un professionnel de la santé qui a examiné votre enfant et comprend ses besoins uniques. Veuillez consulter votre médecin pour vérifier si le contenu convient à votre situation.

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