TIPS FOR BABY MASSAGE
Baby massage is a wonderful experience for both you and your baby, and you can start immediately after birth. Before you start, take the following into consideration:
Choose a time of day when your baby is in the calm alert state – awake and making eye contact. For very little ones, the morning often works best as babies can be a little fractious in the evening. For older babies, massage is a great way to prepare for bedtime.
Undress your baby in a warmed room. If needs be, you can leave his nappy on or even a vest if it’s really cold.
Use a suitable lubricant, such as baby oil or powder, so your hands can glide smoothly over your baby’s skin. Warm the oil in your hands and show your baby you are going to massage him by rubbing your hands together in front of his face while you tell him you are about to touch him.
Depending on your baby’s age and how used to massage he is, you can do only one stroke or a full body massage. Use his cues to decide on how much to do.