So you’d like to massage your baby which is fantastic!
There are some factors to consider before you start massaging baby. Here’s a checklist and some tips:
Is baby healthy and well?
Please don’t practice stretching or massage with a baby that seems under the weather. They usually wont feel like getting up to much apart from cuddles.
Have you waited at least 24 hours after immunisations?
After having their jabs most babies will be grouchy or at least a little out of sorts. Its possible they might have a low-grade fever and may be a bit tender around the vaccinations sites.
Is the room warm?
No-one wants a massage in a cold room! Body temperature drops during a massage so make sure it’s lovely and toasty before you start.
Have you removed any potentially scratchy jewellery?
Scratching or nicking babies delicate skin during a massage would be very unfortunate and not conducive to the soothing and happy effects we wish to achieve!
Take a few good deep breaths to release any tension.
If we feel tense, the baby will feel the tension. Shake out those hands and take some breaths before you start.
Have you asked baby if it’s ok to go ahead with a massage?
Do babies understand this question? Yes! Absolutely, we must give them credit. Baby massage is all about communication and following babies non verbal cues. When a baby is asked ‘may I massage you’, this is a key moment in fostering empowerment in the baby. The more frequent your massage sessions, the baby will begin to understand this question perfectly well and you’ll be surprised at the answer you get through their eye contact, their noises and body language.
I hope this has been a good insight into how you might think about getting ready to massage your baby. Please feel free to fire away with any questions.
In the next video and blog we’ll think about massage oils for baby.
Stay tuned and see you soon! x
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