Massaging the baby is a bonding
time. Massaging should be done in a proper way so as to make this experience a
comfortable and stimulating one. Here are some techniques for massaging the
baby, read on. Choose the one with which you and the baby feel most comfortable
Tips on massaging technique
seem really small and fragile, but there is no need to handle them gingerly as
if they were made of porcelain. Touch your baby firmly. This will communicate a
feeling of strength and confidence to her. All your strokes should be long,
slow and rhythmic. The idea is that the experience should be comfortable and
stimulating at the same time.
Is there a particular order of massaging the baby's body
suggest that it helps to first start with the legs and feet. Then move on
to the stomach and torso of the baby, follow it up
with massaging the arms and hand, then massage the baby's
face. Finally turn the
baby over (or make the baby sit, if she has learnt to sit) and massage the baby's back. You can end this massage routine by gently exercising the baby's arms and legs.
Tips for massaging arms and legs
your thumbs, one after another to push the bottom of the foot from heel to toe.
Then squeeze each toe. Pull back gently on the balls of the foot and then press the bottom of the foot with your
thumbs. Use your thumbs to push the top of the foot toward the
ankle and make small circles around the ankle with your thumbs.
Various Techniques for massaging Legs and Feet
'Milk' the leg with the inside edge of each hand, one following the
other. The movement will be from the buttock up the leg to the foot.
and twist' Technique:
This will involve moving your hands together up the leg, turning in opposite
directions, and squeezing slightly.
This technique involves milking the leg from ankle to hip.
Roll the leg between your hands from knee to ankle.
Massaging the Stomach
Massaging the stomach helps
relieve gas and constipation. Stroke the baby's stomach, one hand following the
other, as if you were scooping sand toward yourself. Repeat this exercise,
grasping the baby's legs by the ankle with your left hand and massaging the
stomach with your right hand. Flatten your
thumbs near the baby's navel and push out to the sides. Walk your fingertips
across the baby's stomach from left to right.
Massaging the Chest
both your hands together in the middle of the chest and push out to the sides, following
the ribcage. Without lifting the hands from the body, bring them in a heart
shaped motion to the centre again.
Massaging Arms and Hands
the milking techniques used on the legs to the arms. Indian milking would
involve beginning at the shoulders and moving outwards towards the hands,
whereas Swedish milking would mean the opposite motion. Squeeze and twist the
baby's arms. Roll each finger between your index finger and thumb. Stroke the
top of the hand. Massage the wrist, making small circles all around. Shake the
arm gently and pat it all over.
Massaging the Face
facial muscles become quite tense from sucking, teething and crying. Place your
fingers flat in the middle of her forehead and push out to the sides. Press
lightly over the eyes with your thumbs. Push up on the bridge of the nose and
then down across the cheeks with your thumbs. Make a smile on the upper and
lower lips using your thumbs. Use your fingertips to make small circles around
the jaw. Massage the ears, backs of the ears and the chin with your
Massaging the Back
the baby on your lap or on the floor and turn her over on her tummy.
Place both hands at the top of the back at right angles to the spine. Move your
hands back and forth in opposite directions, moving up and down the back from
the shoulders to the buttocks. Keep your right hand on the buttocks and stroke
your left hand down to meet the right at the buttocks. Now hold the legs with
your right hand and repeat the motion, swooping your left hand down all the way
down to the ankles. Make small circles on the back with your fingertips.
Exercise the limbs with Gentle Movements
the baby's arms at the wrist, stretch them out to the sides, then cross them on
her chest twice. Holding the legs at the ankles cross them at the stomach four times, then stretch them out straight. Push the knees
together up into the tummy, then stretch them out straight.
What are the benefits of massaging a newborn baby? How should one massage a
newborn baby? What parts of the babyâ€™s body should be massaged? Discuss here.