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5 Tips on Massaging your Newborn Baby

9 March 2023

You may be nervous about massaging your newborn infant, but it has been shown to have many benefits for both babies and parents. It can help with the all-important sleep, promote parent-child bonds and even help relieve gas and colic symptoms. Here are five tips to make the most of your baby massage sessions.

Find a Soft, Safe Space

A good place for massage is one where you’re both comfortable and there’s no chance of your baby falling and getting hurt. Put a mat and blankets on the floor or sit in the middle of a double bed. It goes without saying that newborns are extremely delicate. Do not leave your baby unattended during the massage.

Warm Your Hands First

Before you start, you should make sure your hands are warm. Babies have delicate and sensitive skin and cold hands can lead to a grumpy, unhappy baby. The warmth of your hands can help to soothe and calm and will help them relax and enjoy the experience. So, before you begin your massage, rub your hands together to warm them up.

Use Oil or Lotion

Another salient tip to make a massage go smoothly is to use baby oil or lotion. This helps protect your little one’s delicate skin from friction and ensures your hands glide easily, making the massage more pleasant. As a bonus, the oil or lotion will moisturise their skin, preventing dryness. Ensure whichever product you use is suitable for infants and doesn’t risk causing allergies or irritation.

Be Gentle and Slow

A baby's skin is much thinner and more delicate than an adult's skin - as a result, using too much pressure can cause discomfort or even pain, so keep your touch light. Infants can easily be overwhelmed by too much stimulation, which can make them upset. Newborns still have a soft spot on their scalp so take care to avoid putting pressure on this area. 

By taking your time and being gentle, you can ensure that your baby enjoys the massage and doesn't get overstimulated. Keep in mind that the goal is for both of you to be relaxed, calm and happy.

End with Quiet Cuddling Time

When it comes to massage, both baby and parent can benefit from a calming ending. For babies, quiet snuggling time gives them a chance to wind down and relax after the stimulation of the massage. Cuddling helps your infant to sleep more soundly and feel more rested, plus the close, quality time together strengthens your bond. Enjoy this moment of respite in a busy day, a chance to hold and be with your little one.

All in all, baby massage is a great way to bond with your little one and promote relaxation. By following these five tips, you can ensure that you and your baby enjoy the experience and reap the benefits of this calming activity.

Photo by Rene Asmussen

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