Massages are ideal tools for bonding and it is a loving way of getting in
touch, literally with people we love. Your baby will love a massage and
you will experience a massive bonding. Massages are not only relaxing but
also are a way of communicating feelings of love. A baby massage is known
to have therapeutic effects on the baby such as boosting immunity. It has
also helped reduce a baby’s crying in times of distress. A baby massage
is known to put them to sleep for longer as they feel very relaxed. A
massage will enhance your communication with the baby and this
strengthens the bond. Growth has been known to be stimulated by massages
and premature babies are subjected to it to enhance their development.
It is important to know how to massage your delicate baby to ensure that
the experience on them is pleasurable. It is important to have baby oil
or cream as well as a soft blanket and two towels. These are necessary
have to facilitate a comfortable massage. The best time to massage your
baby is when he is calm or an hour after feeding him. It is important to
ensure that the room is warm to avoid exposing the baby to cold, which
could give him health problems. The ideal time for a baby massage is
immediately after bathing the baby as he is fresh and the room is warm
enough. Ensure that all the materials you need for the massage are near
you avoid wasting too much time getting them together.
The next step is drying the baby well and laying him on the soft towel.
To make sure that the oil is at the right temperature, it is advisable to
rub it on your hands as this warms it up. The pressure should be put on
the baby’s tender skin lightly to avoid injuries, as babies are very
sensitive. The finger’s pads are the most appropriate to use and the
massage should start from the face working it upwards to the head. As
baby massage is a means of communicating with your baby, it is important
to make it fun. This will involve singing lovely songs to the baby and
talking to him. This is known to stimulate the baby and he or she will
respond with sweet giggles and chuckles because babies understand this
form of communication.
After massaging the baby’s face and head, you will get to the arms and
shoulders. The massage continues subtly and taking care not to injure the
sensitive parts such as the elbows and armpits. From the arms and
shoulders you move to the stomach and chest and the movements of the
finger pads continues smoothly with gentle movements. From here, you move
on gently to the legs and feet where you massage the thighs, ankles and
the soles of the feet. The last part to massage is the back and the baby
is supposed to lie on his or her stomach. The finishing strokes go all
over the body and should give a general massage.