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All you need to know about Massaging your Newborn Baby

18 May 2017 - 15:05


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They say a child is like a flowering plant that requires attention and right nourishment to bloom. Your baby as well, needs to be pampered and taken care of. And one of the most important aspects of this pampering is baby massage

Be that as it may, everybody has an alternate way to deal with it. Which leaves you puzzled; whom to tune in to? or, on the other hand which counsel would it be advisable for you to take after? or, on the other hand which one would be more beneficial for your child? 

Nonetheless, here are some tips and techniques to help you with your doubt:

First off,

What could be the perfect time start newborn massage?

It is proposed that the routine of massaging ought to be begun any day between 10 days to two weeks. 

This is because infant's skin barrier isn't totally developed before that. On the off chance that you begin the message before that, odds are your baby’s skin may get dry and respond to the substance applied on it. Besides, the time indicated allows your child's umbilical stump to get and fall dry.

When should you stop massaging your baby?

There is no particular age to quit massaging your child however as your child develops and begins being moveable, it would be hard for you to hold him/her still. 

With the basics of when secured, we proceed on how you be the best masseuse for your baby?

How to massage a baby?

  • Let’s look into these baby massage techniques to give your baby a soothing massage
  • Start off by undressing your baby down to their diaper and then placing them on a soft surface, preferably covered with a blanket cradling her head on your feet
  • Begin your massage by a gentle ‘hello’ stroke and read your baby’s response. If it is positive, start with   your massage gently and focus on one section at a time.

  • Hold your hand so your pinky's edge can move like a paddle across your baby's belly. Starting at the base of the rib cage, stroke down with one hand, then the other, in a paddle-wheel-like motion
  • Massage her abdomen with your fingertips in a circular, clockwise motion. using your fingertips. Follow this up by holding their knees and feet together and gently pressing them up towards the abdomen.
  • Avoid massaging the tummy if the cord hasn’t completely healed.
  • Massage the scalp with your fingertips like you’re shampooing the baby. Follow this with massaging the ears with your thumb and index finger. “Use gentle, circular movements all over the head to help the oil absorb into the skin and moisturise the scalp. 
  • Stroke out your baby’s eyebrows using your thumb. Similarly, stroke out the eyelids and the nose bridge.
  • Follow up with arms and legs. Follow the ‘twisting a towel’ movement on both arms and legs. Make sure you give the fingers and toes a nice squeeze and pull. Stroke down the palms and sole.

  • Lastly, soothe your baby’s back. Make sure that your baby’s hands are in front and not on sides.
  • Massage from base of the neck to the baby’s bum. Draw small circles using your fingertips. Make sure you give due attention to shoulders as well.

General Tips

  • Make strokes gentle but firm, and not ticklish.
  • Massage your baby when she’s not too full or too hungry, and avoid massage when she’s ill or has recently had an immunization.
  • Don’t press the spine directly.
  • Build massage into your baby's daily schedule.
  • Follow baby's signals about when to stop. A massage can last 10 minutes or 30 minutes, depending on her moods.

Benefit of massaging the baby

Daily infant massage is a great way to bond with baby. What's more, researchers are finding that massage may promote better sleeping, relieve colic, and perhaps even enhance an infant's immune system, motor skills, and intellectual development

Best oil for baby massage

There are chances that during a massage, oil may enter your infant's mouth. So, it is advisable to use edible oil for massage. Additionally, refrain from using oils with pungent smell or grown-up utility oils as your child may be allergic to them.

Here are few suggestions you could use:

Coconut Oil

Considered to be the finest oil for baby massage, coconut oil acts as an antiseptic and antibacterial ointment which prevents skin infections.

Almond Oil

Almond oil is known for bringing out the glow of a baby. Compared to coconut oil, it has more Vitamin E content.

Medicated Oils

These are commercially mass manufactured oils which cater to the needs of the baby. These are mild in nature with a faint soothing fragrance.

Finally Always Follow your baby’s cues

Watch your baby during the massage. If it seems like he/she enjoys it and you’re happy to continue, keep going. If not, then stop. It’s far more effective to massage when your baby is happy. And not every baby likes being massaged, so don’t persist if you don’t think it’s for them.

It’s not just babies who get something out of baby massage.  Research suggests that people who provide massage to infants may experience improved mood and self-esteem when compared to receiving massage themselves.

Child sleeping calmly after a soothing massage

Hence Level up to being the Perfect Masseuse for your little one & Enjoy your little one cracks a smile, squeak, coo, or falls into a fit of giggles!


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