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5 Tips on Massaging your 6 Week Old Baby

10 March 2023

As a new parent, you’re likely keen to learn techniques which will soothe and relax your baby so you can both get some much-needed sleep. One way which is increasingly popular due to its effectiveness is baby massage. It’s known to help with problems such as colic and it’s a great way to bond with your little one. Read on for some tips on how to get started.

Start with the Feet

One of the best places to start massaging an infant is their feet. Use your thumbs to make small circular motions on the soles, then gently squeeze and release each foot. As your baby is a bit older, you can also begin tickling their feet - this can help to get them used to the sensation of being touched. Try gently wiggling their toes and see if your baby enjoys that.

Move up the Legs

After massaging their feet, move up their legs. Use your fingertips to make long, slow strokes up their calves and thighs. Try lightly tickling your baby's legs as you massage them. Pay attention to how they respond and adjust your technique accordingly. If they seem to enjoy it, you can keep going, but if they get fussy, take a break and try again later.

Work on the Arms

Next, massage your baby's arms. Using a light touch, as their arms are delicate, start with their hands and work your way up to their elbows. Gentle rubbing and tickling should be enough to get your little one to enjoy the feeling. You can try gently swinging their arms back and forth to loosen the developing muscles. Remember to support their head and neck at the same time.

Massage the Tummy

The tummy is another great area to massage, as this can help to relieve colic and constipation. Use gentle circular motions with your fingertips and avoid pressing too hard. You can help relieve wind by gently rubbing your baby's tummy in a clockwise direction. This can also help soothe them after feeding and help with digestion. The tummy is a sensitive area, so go slowly and pay attention to their cues.

Finish up with the Head and Neck

Keep in mind that your baby's head is the most delicate part of their body, so be sure to use a light touch; if you don't feel confident, you can skip this area and focus on the other parts of the body. Starting with the scalp, use gentle circular motions, and then move down to their neck, being careful not to pull on it. Hold their head in your hands and gently rock it back and forth. Finally, give your little one a soothing back rub to leave them fully relaxed, then pull them close for some cuddle time. 

These are just a few tips to get you started. Remember to go slowly and pay attention to your little one's cues. If they seem uncomfortable or unhappy, take a break and try again later. Massage is a way for you and your baby to bond and relax together.

Photo by Yan Krukau

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