Turning a newborn
Mikko sent me this hack when her baby was barely two days old:
When you're handling the baby on a nursing table, you'll often need to turn the baby around from one side to the other. The obvious way to do it is to grab and support the baby with two hands and turn, but there's a better way: if you want to turn the baby to left (from your perspective), for example, grab the baby's left hand and turn gently. The baby will roll on her own easily, learning some body control at the same time!
When you lift the baby from the table, there's another trick you can do. Turn the baby on her side, put your hands under her arms and lift - but do not support the head! If the baby is sideways, she can hold her head well, even a newborn can (if the baby lays on her back, you must support the head, of course). Then when you have the baby in your hands, you can extend your fingers for neck support. The nurse who taught this to me said it will help the baby support her head sooner.