A few months ago, Dane and I have noticed how Nate loves to be massaged. Sometimes, when I think he’s still very sleepy but couldn’t sleep and would just keep rolling around, I’d let him rest his head on my check and I’d gently massage his back and the palm of his hands. I can feel him start to calm down and sometimes, even automatically close his eyes! It’s wonderful! 🙂
So I made a little more research about it and I learned that infant massage can benefit the baby in so many ways! Just like adults, babies love to be massaged. Here are some of the things I learn which made me want to continue giving gentle massage on Nate.
1. Infant massage helps give babies assurance. As mothers, we know that some babies cry when we put them down but when we hold them back again, they’re back smiling in just a second! If babies love to be touched, how much more a body massage? They’ll definitely love it! It gives them security that we’re not leaving them.
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2. Infant massage helps calm babies. When your baby is fussy, he/she may just need some massage. Massage can soothe and help babies sleep better, no wonder why Nate closes his eyes when I massaged his back.
3. Infant massage helps prevent colic and gas. As we know, babies digestive system is not fully developed so these gentle massage can probably do the trick if you think that your baby’s having some tummy gas.
Infant massage may just last for 5-15 minutes. Moms are advised to use baby oils or moisturizers while doing so. There are many advise online on how to properly massage a baby – I’ve already done some of them but some I haven’t tried yet. We can do gentle soothing strokes on our baby’s back, chest, tummy, hands, knees, even their cute little toes and fingers. I usually massage Nate when feeding him and sometimes after his bath. Old wives tale say to massage baby’s knees after every bath to help them walk right away. I’m not sure if that’s true but I am doing it because Nate loves it.
What’s your experience in giving your little one a gentle massage?
References: http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1042915/massaging-your-baby, http://www.parents.com/baby/care/newborn/baby-massage/