The Best Place Your New Born Baby Should Be


Baby and Mom Skin-to-SkinWith skin-to-skin your baby is placed on your bare chest wearing only a diaper and hat and will be covered with a warm blanket. The baby snuggles on your chest covered with a blanket, just like a kangaroo’s pouch. Doctors say that holding a baby skin-to-skin is the “best care” for your baby. Skin-to-skin helps regulate your babies’ temperature and heart rate after delivery.

Frequently asked questions about skin-to-skin contact:

  • Why is skin-to-skin the “best care” for mom and baby?
    • Helps your baby move to the outside world easier because he can hear your heartbeat and feel your warmth.
    • Helps to keep your baby warm.
    • Helps baby maintain a good heart rate and breathing rate.
    • Your baby will cry less and sleep more.
    • Your baby can be held skin-to-skin during procedures.
    • Your baby will have better brain development.
    • Your baby may take the first feeding at your breast, which is the best care you can provide for your baby.
    • You will have more milk and more success with breastfeeding.
    • You will have better bonding and feelings of closeness.
    • You will feel more confident caring for your baby.
  • How do I do skin-to-skin at birth?
    • Immediately after birth, your baby will be dried off and placed on your chest.
    • Both you and the baby will be covered with warm blankets.
    • Your baby may take the first feeding at the breast.
    • You and your baby may remain skin-to-skin for up to two (2) hours.
    • Do not hand the baby to family members or friends during this time as your baby will get cold.