However, she had just one page that mentioned that you shouldn't hold or pick up babies under the arms because their center of gravity is not being supported. She says you should actually hold them by their "base" (under their bottom and that if you do this from the beginning, even infants will develop faster muscle control in their necks. She had a picture of a 10 day old holding up its own head while being balanced by mom's two hands around it's bottom.
Anyway, I've always picked babies up under the arms and am trying to even think about how to pick them up from laying down without doing so - it will be a tough habit to break.
And I'm looking for confirmation on the internet, but haven't found anything. Have any of you heard of this and do you know any resources that support it?
Hope this is the right place to post...
As for picking her up when she was laying down... I would put one hand under her bottom and the other supporting her head and lift her that way. We also can't lift her by the feet when changing her diaper. That was hard to get used to, but doesn't take long for these adjustments to become habit.
Mallory. Happily married to Joe since 6/25/05. Loving my adventure with my girls, Owyn Samantha, born 3/1/09. and Greta June, born 11/2/11
I would say, as long as you're supporting the baby's head and holding him/her securely, however you pick him/her up is fine.
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Holding the head up I think it is very individual - ds was pretty competent with his head pretty much from birth.
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Heidi, mama to DD Abigail (Sept 2007), wife to amazing DH Gavin, BFing, Babywearing, Bed Sharing, loving every minute!
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You'll be picking up your babe so much that you'll end up doing what comes naturally. Either way all newborns eventually hold up their heads, no need to rush it right?
Julia, mama to Bumpa 2008, and The Mole 2011
I only started picking him up under the arms around 6 months. He was sitting on his own at 5 months, so I waited until I felt his core muscles were strong enough for me to be comfortable with this method. I still don't like it very much though and sometimes still scoop him up with a hand under his bum.
Amy, mom to E since April 2008 and C since October 2011, wife to P since September 2006.