The act of massaging a baby, dates back to more than a thousand years. This ancient routine helps soothe a baby’s ache’s, relieves his stress, moisturizes his skin, makes him sleep better, and strengthens his bones and muscles.
If you don’t know how to give your little one, a comforting massage, here’s our guide:
- Make sure the temperature of the room isn’t too cold. Remember the baby will not have clothes on during his massage session.
- Use an edible oil to massage (because chances are your baby’s fingers might end up in his mouth and you don’t want to hurt his tummy). Olive and avocado oils work best.
- Take a little oil at a time and before you apply it to the baby’s body, warm it up by rubbing it between your palms.
- Use gentle but firm strokes and circular rubbing motions to stimulate the baby’s skin. Concentrate on one part of the body at a time- arms, legs, neck, spine, head and tummy.
- Massage away from the direction of the heart at bed time as this has a very calming effect on the body. However, if this is a morning routine, massage towards the heart to stimulate the body.
- Take care never to grip too tightly when massaging the limbs
- Wait for at least a good hour after the baby’s meal. Massaging right after the baby had food could lead him to gag.
- Softly interact with your kid while massaging. This makes the baby calm down sooner and helps develop a beautiful bonding with the parent.
- After the massage is done, get the baby to do a little stretching exercise. Gently pull his limbs, roll him over, rotate his hands and bend his knees. This helps strengthen their muscles.
That’s that! Keep looking for clues though. One look at your baby, and you will know if he is enjoying the massage or needs a change in the technique. Go on and indulge in the chore you will most likely enjoy the most.
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