Link copied!
60
Shares

How to Massage Your Baby Right


Becoming a parent and getting involved in nurturing a baby and aiding its growth and development is one of the most memorable and cherished experiences of a lifetime for anyone. A baby’s care does not begin and end with just its feed but involves a plethora of other important activities to take care of. One such prominently significant activity is baby massaging. This in itself is an art and the science behind it is something to vouch for and aids positively in the baby’s growth, health and development. This has been acknowledged the world-over as well.


Like all other activities involving a baby, even baby massage comes with a host of apprehensions for the new mothers. Questions like which oil, what technique, duration, do’s and don’ts all start spinning around in the mother’s mind, which is nothing surprising! This is one period when elderly advice plays a crucial role and in their absence, baby masseurs can be called in for assistance. Remember that the purpose of a massage is to aid growth and is not a recreational activity and hence the key-word here is “gentle” both in letter and spirit.


Right from newborns to crawling babies, massaging needs to be done and definitely the techniques and duration change as the baby grows. When it comes to newborns, since they are sleeping for the most part, usually a little bit of massaging is done when the baby is taken for a bath. It is important that the oil being used is mild and gently aromatic since babies are very sensitive. The market is flooded with a lot of options in this segment, which can be chosen or can go in for a home-made preparation. Massaging can be done either on a thick towel or if you are comfortable, place the baby gently over your outstretched legs like how the masseurs do. Youtube is flooded with baby massaging videos to learn from.


For a newborn baby, only a few milking motion like massaging of hands and legs and very gently pulling each of the fingers and toes until they slip away from your hand, should do the trick. Along with it a slow rub around the chest area and back should help.


As the baby grows older, more massaging techniques come into play. It is very important for you to cuddle your baby, engage in conversation, hug and kiss your baby or rather, in short keep your baby happy while massaging. Now let’s analyse on how to go about with the process starting with the legs.


1.Legs:


Take little oil in your palm and start from the baby’s thighs and gently come down while doing a “milking” like motion.


2.Soles:


Using your thumb make circular motions around this area.


3.Toes:


Slowly and gently pull each toe outwards until it slips away from your hand.


4.Hands:


Similar to legs, start from the arms; come down in a milking like motion.


5.Wrists:


Gently rotate the wrists in circular motions


6.Fingers:


In a slow manner, gently pull out each and every finger outwards until it slips away from your hand.


7.Chest:


Using both your palms, slowly and gently fan out in an outward motion.


8.Stomach:


Lightly rub the area with your palm.


9.Back:


Turn the baby around to lie on its stomach and slowly fan out your palms in an outward motion around the spine and do a little upward and downward motion as well.


10.Buttocks:


Without much pressure, gently rub the oil in circular motions.


11.Face:


Gently rub the oil around the cheeks, chin, nose and forehead; be cautious not to get the oil into eyes, nostrils or mouth. Avoid oil getting into ears.


12.Head:


Use a lot of your fingers while massaging the baby’s head and be very slow and gentle.


So what we understand here is that by massaging we are only trying make the baby grow stronger, help in developing strong bones and also provide a soothing and relaxing effect. Most importantly, don’t massage the baby before or after a meal or when it is sleepy.


In the end, don’t forget to make this a thoroughly enjoyable experience both for you and the child.


Click here for the best in baby advice
What do you think?
0%
Wow!
0%
Like
0%
Not bad
0%
What?
7 Foods That Help Increase Your Baby’s Weight
FIRST TRIMESTER: Some Tips to Survive
The Number of Ultrasounds You Would Need
Watch How An Amazing Newborn Starts Walking Immediately After Birth!
What Labour Pain Is And How It Happens - Watch And Find Out!
1 Shares
Cleaning Your Baby's Most Delicate Parts
62 Shares
Narcolepsy During Pregnancy- 5 Reasons Why You Feel Sleepy During Daytime
These 6 signs are likely to cheat on you!
Baby photo contest
Submit a cute picture of your
tiny tot & win big
Emergency C-Section: Everything You Need To Know
This Video Of Babies Laughing Will Make Your Day!
1 Shares
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) - An Overview
Having Difficulty Coping With Life? Here Are Some Tips To Help You Through
Baby Names
Find awesome and unique baby names!
Explore now
All You Need To Know About Breastmilk!
1 Shares
Low Consumption Of Alcohol During Pregnancy - Is It Safe?
5 Common Diseases Children Suffer From During Rainy Season in India
1 Shares
7 Pieces of Pregnancy Advice You Should Ignore
Got parenting questions? Ask on the Q&A now
#MomStory: How I Lost Weight Post Pregnancy
What Mastitis Looks Like? - A Breastfeeding Mom’s Story
4 Things Every Mother Has To Do After a Cesarean Birth
2 Shares
NEW STUDY REVEALS: The Most Dangerous Sex Position Ever
3 Shares
Pregnancy Calendar
Get all information about your pregnancy!
Explore now
scroll up icon