after delivery

Newborn care

Nurture your baby's emotional security

Newborns thrive when they have the security of a parent's arms and they understand the comfort of a parent's voice, tone and emotions. Here are some ways to foster your baby's emotional security:

  • Hold your baby face to face
  • Talk in soothing tones
  • Sing to your baby
  • Swaddle your baby in a soft blanket; this gives the baby a sense of security
  • Rock your baby in a gentle, rhythmic motion
  • Walk with your baby in a sling, carrier or stroller
  • Respond quickly to your baby's cries

In this section:

Newborn reflexes
Newborn growth
Soothing your baby