OPEN YOUR HEART
Emotions are held in the chest area where the heart is. With both hands together at the centre of the chest, gently but firmly press out to the sides of your baby’s body, following the ribcage, as if you were flattening the pages of a book. Without lifting your hands, bring them back to the centre from where you started.
GROW MY BRAIN
The part of the brain that controls balance, memory, hearing and critical thinking is found in the temporal lobe (the area behind the ears). Gently wake up the ears by massaging the earlobes simultaneously from top to bottom between your fingers and thumbs. This will enhance the growth of the networks between the ears and the brain. It is also a calming strategy when your baby gets fractious and overstimulated.
BACK TO FRONT
It is important for your baby to spend some wakeful time on her tummy. This is a safe and effective way of providing tummy time while she gets a massage on her back, buttocks and legs. Place baby on her tummy and with well-oiled hands, make small circles all around the back with your fingertips, making larger circles over the buttocks. Don’t forget to stroke down the legs to the feet, in order to bring awareness to that part of her body.