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.


Cry less and are calmer
Stay warmer
Stabilizes blood sugar, heart rate and breathing
Protected by some of your good bacteria
Breastfeed better

Reduced stress
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.


Jennifer McCallum

Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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