Massage for your baby is a gentle way to love and spend time with him or her. Learn about the benefits of infant massage as well as how to get started.
What are the advantages of massaging an infant
Infant massage has been shown to have a number of health benefits in research. Massage for infants, for example, could:
Encourage your baby to communicate with you.
Assist your baby in unwinding and sleeping.
Influence stress hormones in infants in a positive way
Cut down on tears.
While more research is needed, some studies indicate that infant massage with moderate pressure may help premature babies develop faster.
When can I give my baby a massage
What is the best way to massage my baby
Infant massage necessitates some simple training and techniques. To get started, follow these steps:
Build a comfortable climate. If at all necessary, perform the massage in a dark, quiet environment, either indoors or outdoors. Take off your baubles. Place your baby on a blanket or towel in front of you as you sit comfortably on the floor or in bed, or stand in front of the changing table. Maintain eye contact with your baby by putting him or her on his or her back. Tell your baby its massage time when you undress him or her.
Maintain power over your touch. Using a gentle touch when massaging your baby at first. Tickling your infant, on the other hand, can irritate him or her. Use a firmer touch as your child grows.
Slowly massage and knead your baby’s body parts. Start by putting your baby on his or her stomach and rubbing various parts of his or her body for one minute each, such as his or her head, neck, shoulders, upper back, waist, legs, feet, and hands. Place your baby on his or her back and spend one minute extending and flexing each of his or her arms and legs, and then both legs at once. Finally, repeat the rubbing movements for another five minutes with your baby on his or her back or stomach.
Maintain a relaxed attitude. During the massage, talk to your kid. You may perform a song or say a storey. As you assist your baby in releasing stress, repeat his or her name and the word “relax.”
Keep an eye on how your child reacts. If your baby jiggles his arms and smiles, he or she is probably loving the massage, and you can proceed. Stop massaging your baby if he or she turns away from you or becomes agitated or unhappy, and try again later.
Is it necessary to use oil
It’s all up to you. Some parents tend to use oil to avoid rubbing between their hands and the baby’s skin during infant massage, while others find it too messy. If you’re going to use oil, make sure it’s odourless and edible, just in case your child swallows any. If your baby has sensitive skin or allergies, test the oil on a small patch of skin and wait for a reaction.