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At what Age Should You Start Baby Massage?

9 March 2023

Parents are always looking for ways to bond with their children and give them a head start in life. One way to do this is through baby massage. But when is the best time to start? How long will your baby benefit from baby massage? Keep reading to learn more.

The Benefits of Baby Massage

Massage has many benefits for both infants and their caregivers. For babies, massage can help to improve sleep, relieve gas and colic, and promote bonding and attachment. It can also help to strengthen the immune system, improve circulation, and stimulate growth and development. For parents, massage can be a way to relax and de-stress and bond with their little one and create a relaxing environment.

When is the Best Time to Start Baby Massage?

There is no universal answer to this question. Every infant is individual and will respond differently to touch. It is typically best to wait until they are two weeks old. This gives them time to adjust to life outside the womb and helps to ensure that they can tolerate touch. Before you start, it’s important to make sure the environment is warm and relaxed, as this will help the baby to feel comfortable and secure.

How Long will Baby Massage Benefit my Child?

Most experts agree that baby massage can benefit children up to two or three years old; after this, children may become less interested in massage or find it ticklish. Ultimately, you should decide when to stop based on the needs and preferences of your young one - if they no longer enjoy or benefit from the experience, it’s probably time to stop.

What Should I do if my Baby Doesn't Like Being Massaged?

While many babies will enjoy a massage, there will always be exceptions. If they seem uncomfortable or start to cry, there are a few things you can try. Make sure that the room is warm enough. Babies can get cold easily, and a too-cold room can make it an unpleasant experience for them. Try using a different oil or lotion - some babies don't like the feel of certain products on their skin. Massaging them in another position may help, as sometimes a change in perspective can make all the difference. Finally, don't be afraid to stop if they seem unhappy. It should be enjoyable for both of you, so there's no need to force it.

Safety Tips for Baby Massage

While massage can be a wonderful bonding experience for parents and children, you should follow some basic safety tips to keep it relaxing and enjoyable. First, ensure that your hands are clean and your nails are trimmed short to avoid scratches. Make sure to use an oil or lotion designed for babies; avoid using scented products or anything with potentially irritating agreements. Start with gentle strokes and watch for any signs that your baby is uncomfortable. With a little practice, you will be able to give your baby a relaxing and enjoyable massage.

There’s no universal time to start massage with your baby, but it’s recommended to wait until they’re at least a couple of weeks old. This helps to ensure that they can tolerate touch. Massage can be beneficial up to two or three years old, after which children may become less interested in massage or find it ticklish.

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