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INFANTVILLE — It’s the exasperated joke of every generation of new parents: “I wish babies came with a manual.”

Well, consider today your lucky day if you are new or future parents! As my gift to you, I’ve scoured the Internet and found a video manual called “How to Hold a Baby.”

Here’s what you need to get started: a baby and this video.

Australian YouTube user, Jordan Watson, is the no-nonsense (and deadpan) instructor who quickly and clearly names and demonstrates each hold. The holds are easy and practical, including basic holds, helpful holds for the body conscious and best-views-of-the-baby holds.

Watson’s canon is by no means comprehensive, but it will give new parents a solid base for safe and easy baby holds until you are comfortable modifying and creating your own holds (with the proper caution baby handling requires, of course.)

Good luck new parents, and all us “others” will now wait for bated breath for the day when you can use the exasperated joke of how you wish teenagers came with manuals. Hopefully Mr. Watson will add more perfect video instructionals as his baby grows to help you along the way.

(No babies were harmed in the making of this video.)

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