How To Massage Your Baby

Massaging your baby is relaxing and enjoyable for you both. Many people find just after a bath is the best time as the baby is already undressed but you can choose to do it anytime.

Make sure the room is warm and free of draughts. You should use a pure edible oil (for example, apricot, light olive) and avoid any oil containing nuts in case of allergies. Place the oil onto your hands, not directly onto your baby.

Use firm, smooth continuous strokes possible using the palm of your hand or flats of your fingers. If stroking on the chest, use diagonals (for example, shoulder to opposite hip) and if stroking on the back, use long strokes down the back. Stroking can also be used on the face, head and limbs.

Start by massaging your baby’s feet using firm but gentle strokes and work your way up the legs. Avoid your baby’s genital area.

Baby massage is soothing and can comfortably last 10 to 30 minutes Massaging your baby is about connecting with your child and also relaxing them It’s also not a good idea to massage your baby when they are upset. Be guided by what your baby likes and how you feel as well.

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August 2017
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