Baby Massage is a really delightful way to soothe your baby and to express love and affection to her. It helps to create a strong bonding of you with your baby. But that’s not all, there are some really great benefits of giving massage to baby such as:
- Improves digestion and bowel moment in babies,
- Better blood circulation in babys body which improves her nervous system and makes her heartbeat and brain activities stable and help in proper growth of baby,
- Ease teething pain that she may be feeling, makes her relaxed & help her to sleep well,
- Help in her physical, mental and social development, etc.
Step by Step Guide:
Don't try a massage just before or after a meal or when she needs a nap. If your baby seems to be uncomfortable or starts crying during the massage, stop and give her a cuddle instead. Make sure that to find a quite room in which you and your baby will feel comfortable and will not be disturbed. You may play some pleasant music but at low volume so that your baby would be able to hear your voice. Lay down your baby on a towel. You can use baby moisteriser or baby oil for the purpose. You can talk softly, hum or sing to your baby while massaging, which may make the experience comfortable & cheerful for your baby.
The legs: Start with her legs, as they're less sensitive than some other parts of her body because baby is used to of sensation of touching of legs as they are touched during changing nanny. Using a little oil, rub it on palms of your hands & then very gently rub your hand around one of her thighs and pull down, one hand after the other, squeezing gently, as if you're "milking" her leg. Switch legs and repeat.
The feet: Take one foot and gently rotate it a few times in each direction, then stroke the top of her foot from the ankle down to the toes. Switch feet and repeat.
The soles: Use your thumbs to trace circles all over the bottom of each foot.
The toes: To finish off the feet, take each toe between your thumb and forefinger and gently pull until your fingers slip off the end. Repeat for all ten toes.
The arms: Take one of her arms in your hands and repeat the milking motion from her armpit all the way to her wrist. Then, take her hand and gently rotate her wrist a few times in each direction. Switch arms and repeat.
The hands: Trace tiny circles over the palm of each of her hands with your thumbs.
The fingers: Gently take a finger between your thumb and forefinger and pull, letting her finger slip through your grasp. Repeat for all her fingers and both thumbs.
The chest: Place your hands together in prayer position over her heart. Then, opening out your hands slowly, stroke outward and lightly flatten the palms over her chest. Repeat the motion, alternating hands, several times.
The back: Roll your baby onto her tummy and then using your fingertips, trace tiny circles on either side of her spine from the neck down to the hips. Finish with some long, firm strokes from her shoulders all the way to her feet.
The cues baby gives you during massage are really important as they will tell you which strokes she likes and which she don’t and if she starts crying during massage, it could be a sign that she had enough. So when you are finished, put on her nappy and cuddle or breastfeed her. Next time while giving massage to her, try to follow the pattern as baby likes knowing whats coming to them next.