How To Massage Your Baby

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BodyMend Baby MassageWhen should I massage baby?

Following your baby’s cues is KEY to a positive massage experience for you and your baby.

 Here are a few helpful tips to consider:

  1. Try to select a time of day that works best for both you and your baby. 
  2. Read your baby’s cues before starting the massage.  Make it a habit to ask your baby if it is okay to give the massage.
  3. Pay attention to the cues your baby gives throughout the massage.  Be prepared to adjust your massage strokes, or the length of the massage.

The following are examples of cues your baby may give. 

Yes, Massage Me Please No More, Thank You
Smiling Frowning
Cooing Crying/Fussiness
Looking towards you Looking away from you or no eye contact
Gazing into your eyes Turning away from you
Reaching for you Pulling or pushing away
Smooth movements of arms and legs Squirming or kicking
“Stilling” or stops moving Arching his or her back
Bursts of playful wiggles Rubbing eyes or ears
Happy noises Yawning or falling asleep
Babbling/talking  
Wide open eyes  

 

*There are some contraindications to baby massage, including if your baby has:

  • High fever/temperature
  • An acute infection, staph infection, illness or disease
  • A skin disorder which may be contagious or cause inflammation
  • Open sores or lesions
  • Had recent immunization (wait  48 – 72 hours)
  • Any life threatening medical condition
  • An unhealed umbilical cord (tummy massage is contraindicated)
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Diarrhea or other sickness

Preparing for the massage:

Once you know the baby massage strokes you can use, you may find yourself massaging at different times, unplanned, throughout the day.  Massage does not have to be a scheduled activity, it can also be done for a few minutes several times throughout the day and still provide many health benefits.

However, if you prefer to set aside a time to focus on a more complete body massage with your baby, try these tips:

  1. Choose a comfortable, warm room that is free from distraction and excessive noise.
  2. Set your baby up with a blanket, towel or mat to lie on for the massage
  3. Gather other supplies such as oil and/or a change of clothes, diapers

Choosing oil to use for baby:

There are many oils on the market to choose from, however going simple and natural is the healthiest choice.  All oils are absorbed into your baby’s skin, and then into the bloodstream, so it is important to choose oils that are safe for baby.  For example, choose a natural fruit or vegetable oil that is “cold-pressed”.  These oils are less likely to cause acheter cialis generique sensitivities or allergies, especially for baby’s sensitive skin.  Most of these oils can be found in natural food stores as well as in many grocery stores.  Some examples include:

  • Coconut
  • Avocado
  • Grapeseed
  • Sunflower
  • Olive
  • Apricot kernel
  • Jojoba
  • Sweet Almond

Try a small amount, or patch test, of the oil on your baby before using it for massage.  Do this patch test at least 30 minutes prior to the massage.  Check for signs of sensitivity that may include blotches or discolouration of the skin.  Do not use the oil if these signs appear.

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