The first thing that you must do before attempting to pick a baby up is to wash your hands. Your baby may be a little scared and may get on its back or try to scamper away from you. Do not be intimidated by this, scoop the baby up with two hands keeping them very secure and hold them against your body to make them feel more secure , be careful that they do not jump out. Handle your baby for a couple of hours several times a day for the first two weeks.
*Tip* if your baby is squirmy or nervous it helps to wrap them in a small hand towel or baby blanket while you handle them.
*Tip* if you are settling down to watch a movie get your baby out and let him/her snuggle in a blanket on your lap while you gently pet them to sleep.