Have you ever thought of giving your baby a massage? Surely you did. Your touch is the first way to communicate with your baby. It creates a wonderful bond between the two of you. Baby massages do wonders for your little one. And here is everything you need to know.
Why are baby massages so good?
1| Build up a bond with your baby.
Massaging your baby strengthens the bond between the two of you. It is the first communication language between you and your baby. It also helps increase your baby’s senses. Also, it gives you great comfort and plenty of love when you see those relaxed little eyes.
2| Helps your baby’s sleeping routine.
Baby massages help the sleeping routine you set for your baby. It helps with any sleeplessness your baby might face. Babies associate massages with sleep time so they relax and fall into a long night’s sleep.
3| Gives plenty of safety and coziness.
Massages means no more tears as your baby feels safe between your hands. Giving massages helps produce Oxytocin hormone that calms your baby.
4| Bye bye colic.
Many doctors recommend massages for babies with colic. The light and gentle strokes help the tummy relax and release built up gases. It also helps if your baby is constipated.
What is the best time for a massage?
It is best to massage babies when they are not hungry or crying. Giving a massage after a meal is also not recommended as it might cause indigestion or a reflux. The best time for a massage is 45 minutes after a meal. You should also make sure that the room temperature is good, not too cold nor too hot. A quiet room is also best to help your baby relax.
Massaging babies is best after a warm bath and before sleep time.
What do you need for massage time?
- – A soft blanket
- – Baby oil
- – Calming sounds
- – Comfy pajamas
How to massage your baby?
Using your oiled finger tips, give gentle and soft strokes against your baby’s skin. If the oil is slightly cold, warm it by rubbing it into your hands. Keep an eye on your baby’s facial expressions, arms, and feet to check where to massage and where to avoid. If the stroke is not to your baby’s liking, he or she will let you know.
Start with their tummy and move clockwise. Your baby’s massage would normally take 5-7 minutes at most. Use this time to yourself as well to make contact with your baby and to relax yourself just as well. Using your gentle voice to speak with your baby. Get the jammies on, and tuck your baby into the crib and enjoy watching your baby fall asleep.