Baby Massage - A Guide on How, When and Why to Do it
by Amit Vyas on May 11, 2022
Baby massage is a wonderful time to play, know, and bond with your little one. Every soft touch will make your baby feel loved and cared for, and, more importantly, it will create trust and connection as you interact with your baby. A good baby massage will also make your baby feel calm and relaxed, thus improving sleep.
Do you really want to massage your infant but aren't sure how? Here's a handy guide on baby massage!
When to Begin Massaging Your Baby?
Parents should acquaint babies with touch as soon as the baby is born, and the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) also suggests the same. You can start massaging your baby right after the initial few days of birth.
Nonetheless, pay attention to your baby's mood. When you're ready to massage your infant, they should be calm, awake, and content. Never use a massage technique that makes your new-born uneasy.
You should not massage when the baby turns their head away or hardens the arms. Moreover, massage your baby after at least 45 minutes of breastfeeding, or it can lead to throwing up. And, do not forget to use a good baby massage oil for your little one.
Here's How You Should Massage Your Baby:
- Keep your room at a good temperature.
- During winters, make sure the room is warm and during summers, ensure that the room gets access to natural air and light.
- Place a few drops of the baby massage oil on the baby's skin for a few minutes to check whether it causes the skin any discomfort or not.
- Pour some baby massage oil onto your palm and rub both the palms to make them warm.
- Begin with the feet, then arms, chest, shoulders, and finally the tummy. Following that, softly massage the face and head.
- After you have massaged every part, turn the baby around and gently massage the back.
Do not put pressure while massaging your baby, and massage the baby using circular patterns.
What to Keep in Mind While You Massage Your Baby?
- Consult someone who knows how to massage a baby. Observe them when they do it and adapt to it.
- Identify your baby's skin type. Do not use baby massage oil that includes butter, olive oil or mustard oil if your baby has sensitive skin or has eczema.
- Do not forcefully massage your baby, do it only if she likes to get one.
- The child's sleeping pattern is also crucial. Before going to bed, give a massage. After a bath, when new-borns are more likely to sleep, is the best time for a baby massage.
- Do not touch the baby with cold hands.
- The baby massage oil should neither be too cold nor too hot. Use lukewarm new-born massage oil.
- You must buy a chemical-free and natural baby massage oil that includes organic, plant-based ingredients.
Try RxSAFE Baby Massage Oil, made using feel-good essentials like Coconut Oil, Rosemary Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil, Tea Tree Oil, and more. This baby massage oil also protects the baby's skin from up to 99.9% germs, viruses and bacteria and strengthens the bones.
How Frequently Should You Massage Your Baby?
- How often you should massage your baby depends upon your baby. Some babies love getting a massage every day, while some like to get one on alternate days.
- Take your baby's cues to figure out a good massage routine.
- Ideally, you can massage your baby after the morning bath or before bedtime to relax your baby to sleep.
- Your baby may also like to have a massage on the legs or a tummy massage while changing diapers.
Benefits of Baby Massage:
Massaging your baby creates a feeling of touch, attachment, and sensation
Positive effect on baby's sleep
Help baby put on weight and enhance digestion
Reduces stress and relaxes the baby
Boosts blood circulation
Strengthens baby's bones, improves breathing and relaxes the muscles
Relieves gas caused due to foods
Help the baby become more alert, energetic and less cranky during the day
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