A gentle massage can work wonders for your baby, whether it is to ease his gassy belly or to soothe your baby to dreamland – all the power is in your hands.
You are not the only one that thinks a body massage every now and then is relaxing. Babies also find it therapeutic, and that’s because of all the five senses, touch is the one that is the most developed at birth.
What is the benefits of a massage to you little one?
- It help eases your baby’s teething pains and tummy troubles
- Boost muscle development
- Calms him when he’s fussy
- Soothe him to sleep
- A message of acceptance and unconditional love are send
- Improves self-image and self-esteem
A few benefits for the parent:
- Enhance communication
- Relaxation and Bonding
- Spending quality time with your baby in a fun and loving way
- Increase the hormone which enhances those motherly instincts and wellbeing
- Bonding and relaxation
Start these massages on the day your baby gets home and make the massaging part of your daily routine. If you do the massages every day at the same time he will start expecting it and enjoy it more. Find a suitable time when you do not feel rushed, or baby is not hungry or to full. Chose massage oil/cream that is specifically created for babies and that gets easily absorbed into the baby’s skin.
Make sure that the area you pick is comfortable for both, not to cold or to warm, and follow your baby’s cues. If your baby is not in the mood – save the session for later, and remember you do not have to give a full body massage every time. Only feet and legs will also be fine. Most important however is to be gentle.
Here are some massage moves that will help you to get started: (Courtesy of www.whattoexpect.com)
- Legs and feet.Hold your baby’s heel in one hand; with your other hand, start at the top of the thigh and slowly stroke all the way down to the ankle, gently squeezing the leg as you go, as if you were milking a cow. Reverse the motion and go from ankle to thigh. Then rub the feet with your thumbs, gently uncurling and stroking the toes. Switch legs. You can do these same strokes on the arms and hands.
- Start with your hands on both sides of your baby’s head, then run your hands down both sides of his body, from his head to his toes. Next, draw tiny circles on your baby’s head with your fingertips.
- Fold your hands (as if you were praying) on your baby’s forehead, then gently push outward from the center. Next, use your thumb to draw a smile on your baby’s face by stroking from one cheek, across the upper lip to the other cheek. Repeat on the lower lip.
- Fold your hands on your baby’s chest, then push out to the sides, as if you were smoothing the pages of an open book.
- With your fingertips, draw an oval below your baby’s belly button. (Move clockwise, to follow the natural path of digestion.) Next, “walk” your fingertips from one side of your baby’s belly to the other, on the diagonal, as if you were making an “X.”
- Stroke his back side to side and then up and down.
Sh’zen have a wonderful Cocooning Massage Cream on special this month that will help you to give your baby the great massage that they deserve. With the Massage Cream the calming Wash and Shampoo is also on special to get your baby in the right mood. All our products are natural and are carefully made with essential oils, just right for a baby’s skin. Contact me if you have any questions or are not sure about anything.
Enjoy your baby and your time with them, they are a big gift from God. Till we speak again – keep warm.