PLAY­ING PASS THE BABY

Reader's Digest - - Etiquette -

When you meet a new baby, there is a good chance that some­one will ask whether you want to hold her. If you are the type that gets ner­vous about this, have faith. You do not ran­domly drop other things, so the odds are you can man­age to cra­dle a new­born for two min­utes. Just re­lax and let the baby rest in your arms. The main thing to re­mem­ber is that you need to sup­port her head: In the first four to six weeks, a baby’s head is ac­tu­ally heav­ier than the mus­cles of the neck can han­dle, and she won’t de­velop enough neck con­trol to hold up her own head un­til she is three to four months old. It is not nec­es­sary to bring the baby a gift, al­though it’s not wrong to do so and will likely be ap­pre­ci­ated. If the new ar­rival has sib­lings, bring some­thing small for them, too, so they do not feel jeal­ous.

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