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Don't break the baby!

The good news is that most babies, barring health issues, are sturdy little creatures. Here's one mom's point of view on keeping it all in perspective.
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Newborn babies look pretty fragile. If you're new to this whole parenting deal, it can be scary to manhandle your baby. And by manhandle, I mean things like picking him up, changing him and rocking him.

The good news is that while babies look fragile, they're really not so breakable. Most babies, barring health issues, are sturdy little creatures. If you support your baby's head, you'll be just fine; even if you're a little shaky and nervous at first. Trust me; my son's dad had never held a baby in his life before his son arrived and he zoomed to baby handling pro in under a month.

Baby holding is a fast learning curve. Pretty soon you'll be tossing that baby over your shoulder like he's always been there.

Bonus tip

Tell your mother-in-law where to stick it. OK, maybe don't tell her, but ignore her when she says, "Oh my God, you handle that baby ALL WRONG!" I swear if I had a dollar for every pal I've had who has had her MIL tell her this, well, let's say I'd be pretty rich.

Just to be fair, I've heard other people criticize baby holds as well; from mothers-in-law, to moms, to the neighbor next door, to perfect strangers on the street. Ignore them. All parents hold babies differently at times and babies have personal hold preferences as well, so if someone tells you that you're doing it wrong, smile, nod and ignore. You'll find your own way, and it will be perfect for your baby and you.

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by As a new Dad the first time around 5 years ago, and even again now with my second, I can definitely say this is something that I thought about. Both of my daughters have been on the small side (5 pounds 10 ounces and 4 pounds 11 ounces), but like the article says, it just takes a little time and recognizing that they are pretty sturdy and resilient little ones. You can't get them out of my hands now! March 14, 2015
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I was so nervous at first because she was so tiny! i was in so much pain after birth too that i could only hold her sitting down. i had to learn how to deal with the pain and get up to get her and tend to her needs. after all of that, i was a pro! March 18, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by It amazed me how quickly I became comfortable with my son. In no time I was tossing him over my arm, picking him up with one hand, and even tossed him in the air! January 24, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by This made me feel better knowing I am doing things right even if it's my way :) November 23, 2013
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