the best way to hold a baby is the one that comes naturally to you,but always make sure you support her head. she has no head control yet and will feel insecure without support. a young baby likes to be able to see your face, which she can do if you hold her in one arm close to your side. research suggests that babies prefer to be held on their parent’s left arm. this may be because the baby can more easily feel and hear your heartbeat.