Massage is love in action.
One of the most precious things you can give your baby is love, safety and security. Baby massage gives your baby all three. Food for the skin, through the nourishing properties of the baby massage oil, love through eye contact, the giving of time, tender and gentle touch and security that your baby feels safe, trust and connection.
There is nothing more innocent and beautiful than a newborn baby. Parents share in the inexplicable joy and deep sense of connection that is breathing in your new baby’s whole being, holding those tiny little fingers and hands is a pure reminder of how grateful you are to have created such a miracle. Baby massage allows you the space to grow and nurture those beautiful bonds of love, trust and connection.
6 Tips for Baby Massage.
The best time to massage your baby is when they are quiet-alert and content. Avoid times when they are fussy or overtired. It’s also important to make sure you yourself are completely relaxed and feeling ready to massage. You don’t always have to feel like massaging your baby, choose a time that aligns with both you and your baby and you will be able to create that mindfulness and connection that ripples love and care.
- Use natural oils, cold-pressed oil – apricot, olive oil, coconut oil and almond oil are a great base oil. Essential oils are a lovely way to add to the relaxation response but not necessary. Your baby breaks down and eliminates the oil, through their skin into their body. Oil is like food for the skin.
- It’s important when using oil or cream for the first time to do a skin test. The skin test can be done by applying the oil on the inside of the crease of the elbow. Wait 30 seconds and check the response. If your baby does have a reaction, use a warm cloth and gently wipe off the oil repeatedly. If you are extra concerned see a health professional. Always report to the product company if your baby has a reaction.
- Choose an environment that is comfortable with as little distraction as possible. This isn’t always easy if you have multiple children. If this is the case, invite the older children to be a part of the massage. They could pass you the oil. You can massage your baby lying on a bed, or on a towel on the floor anywhere really that feels safe and comfortable.
- When first introducing massage, start with the legs as they are less sensitive than other parts of the body. You’ll love massaging their teeny weeny toes.
- Build massage into your baby’s routine. Many people have achieved good results introducing massage into their baby’s bedtime ritual; however the most important thing is to find a time that suits both of you, it doesn’t have to be before bed. It could be after bath, at change time, before day time nap or a quick massage when changing their nappy.
- For an older baby, improvise with rhyme and song. Older babies become more easily distracted so this is a great way to keep them engaged. Once they are on the move, you may want to use things like bumpy balls and fabrics to create some fun.
Have a lovely time massaging your baby and I hope these tips help you to create that special time together.
Until next time,
Happy whole-hearted parenting.