How to massage your baby
Massaging your baby can be a pleasurable experience for both you and your baby. If your baby likes it, a massage could calm your baby and help him/her
Massaging your baby can be a pleasurable experience for both of you. If your baby likes it, massage could calm your baby and help with colic and constipation, or even just a great way to wind down before bed.
What is the best way to massage my baby?
You’ll work out your own massage routine, but try the following in the meantime:
- Smear a light massage oil, such as almond oil, on your hands
- With baby lying on his back, start at his head. With a gentle, circular motion stroke the crown of the head and the sides of the face, taking care not to put any pressure on the fontanelle. Then massage your baby’s forehead and cheeks.
- Gently massage your baby’s neck and shoulders with your thumbs and fingertips, and stroke down from the neck to the shoulders.
- Massage one arm at a time, using your thumbs in a circular motion.
- Massage the tummy by placing the heel of your hand below the navel, then fan your fingers over the tummy from right to left.
- Gently shake your baby’s leg. Rub it gently down towards the foot, and let it slide through your hands in a hand-over-hand motion until you reach the foot. Repeat several times and then do the other leg.
- Turn your baby over and massage his back. Using your thumbs in a gentle, circular motion, work up the right side of the spine in tiny circles
Stop massaging your baby if he doesn’t like it. It is also not advised to massage your baby if he:
- Has unstable joints or brittle bones
- Has had a vaccination within the last week
- Is taking medication
- Has a skin infection, rash or eczema
- Is ill or has any infections