It’s easy! Here’s how: Place your baby wearing only a diaper, with their tummy on your bare chest. If you wish, you can then place a light blanket over both of you. Encourage your partner to hold your baby skin-to-skin as well.
Your bare chest is the best place for your baby to be. Healthy babies should be placed skin-to-skin as soon as possible after birth for at least an hour to help your baby adjust to their new environment. When your baby is skin-to-skin, they can hear you, smell you, see you and it can help you get to know each other. Premature babies and those delivered by C-section also benefit from skin-to-skin. As your baby grows, continue cuddling them skin-to-skin often.
BENEFITS OF SKIN-TO-SKIN FOR BABIES:
Cry less and are calmer
Stabilizes blood sugar, heart rate and breathing
Protected by some of your good bacteria
BENEFITS OF SKIN-TO-SKIN FOR PARENTS:
Increases bonding and attachment
Learn when your baby is getting hungry
Gain confidence caring for your baby
Helps mothers with breastfeeding
Improves mother’s milk supply
Written by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services
Updated November 2016
For more information contact your health care provider or local public health.