TIPS FOR BABY MAS­SAGE

Your Baby & Toddler - - The Dossier -

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.

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