Massaging the baby should
be a daily ritual for the baby. A baby can be massaged any time of the day. A
good oil massage followed by a warm bath is recommended as it soothes the baby
and promotes sound sleep. Bathing after a massage has a calming effect on the
is the best time to massage my baby?
is no fixed time for massaging your baby. Initially you will have to go through
a phase of trial and error to find a time that suits both you and the baby.
Some babies will enjoy a massage in the morning after they have been fed and
are ready for the day. Some babies like a massage either before or after their
naps. If your baby is tired, but not too cranky in the evening, a massage may
help her sleep. In the early months, a practice is to massage the baby and then
give her a warm bath. By the time she is six months old, a massage may work
better after a bath, when she is tired and ready for a
How should I position myself to massage
Your back should be
straight and you can either sit on the floor or on the bed or stand before a
table. The cross-legged position is ideal as it allows movement, rhythm and
maintains the proper distance between you and the baby. Always massage in a
warm, quiet place.
oils should I use?
Oil helps your
hands glide smoothly over your baby's delicate skin. It is advisable to use
cold-pressed fruit and/or rather than mass-produced baby oils.
Commercially produced oils are believed to dry the skin and clog the pores. If
your baby were to put her hand in her mouth, you do not want to worry that a
non-food substance is being introduced into your baby's digestive system, which
might happen with mineral oils. However, there are produced by renowned baby
product companies whose products utilize medicinal grade mineral oil, which
meets established standards for purity and safety.
mothers use mustard oil to massage
babies in the winter and coconut oil in the summer. Apricot and
almond oil are smooth, light and easily absorbed. 'Cold pressed' oils are
preferable i.e. oils that are extracted only by means of pressure, without
using heat or solvents that may destroy natural nutrients in the oil. Unscented
oils are the best.
What are the benefits of
is very beneficial for the growth and development of babies. It is a
very good stress buster for them. It reduces the stress hormone known as
cortisol. Reduced stress also helps in preventing colic in babies. It improves
the mother-baby bonding. As the baby experiences the power of a motherâ€™s touch,
her growth hormones are stimulated and neurological development is encouraged.
As brain development is at the peak during early years, massage can play an
important role in stimulating it. Massage can also help to boost the
immunity of the baby and improve her digestive
What safety precautions should be taken
while massaging a baby?
safety precautions must be taken while massaging a baby.
Choose a place where you can sit
comfortably for massing your baby.
Make sure that you baby is lying
comfortably when you are massaging her.
Make sure that you use oil which
is safe for massaging a baby.
Always consult your doctor while
choosing oil for your babyâ€™s massage.
Avoid being harsh while massaging
your baby and massage her gently.
Do not place your baby on a higher
surface while massaging her.
Always seek assistance for lifting
your baby after the massage so that she does not slip from your hands due to
Avoid massaging your baby if she
has developed a rash and immediately report to your
You must always massage your baby before you bathe
her as she may not feel comfortable being sticky. Talking to your
baby while massaging her can be a great bonding
experience for you.
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