Give your baby some peace, here are 7 benefits of massaging your baby!
- Relieves pain caused by cramps, gas, constipation, and teething
- Lets your baby relax and reduces stress
- Interaction boosts verbal and non-verbal communication skills
- Stimulates and develops your baby’s nervous and immune system.
- Increases your baby’s self-esteem and helps him or her feel safe and loved.
- Your baby will fall asleep faster and sleep more deeply.
- Through touch, smiles, and hugs, your bond will strengthen.
How to give your baby a massage?
You can start massaging your baby to help strengthen his bones, muscles, and immune system, get him more active, get better sleep, relief colic pain, improve motor skills and enhance intellectual development!
1. Legs and feet: You can start from your baby’s thigh and slowly stroke down to his foot and then the other way around. Stroke the bottom of your baby’s foot with your palm and slowly make circles with your thumb all over the bottom of the foot. Lightly squeeze each toe.
2. Face and head: Hold your baby’s head and massage the scalp (the soft spot over your baby’s head should not be pressed). In your baby’s face, place your hands and trace a heart shape, then bring them down together towards the chin.
3. Chest: Set both your hands on your baby’s chest and stroke from the middle of his chest towards the shoulders and then bring them down and back together.
4. Arms: Grasp your baby’s upper arm and stroke down from upper arm to lower arm – repeat these strokes on his hands by tracing circles from wrist to fingertips and then lightly squeeze each finger.
5. Abdomen: Use gentle pressure – remember that your baby’s stomach is very delicate and sensitive. The tummy should be massaged with your fingertips in a clockwise, circular motion. Your baby’s tummy massage should be avoided if the cord has not healed completely.
-Never massage your baby before or after meals or when he needs to sleep.
-Your strokes should be gentle and firm.
-Always keep one hand on your baby.