Baby Massage - Benefits for baby and Mom
Updated: Jun 9, 2020
One of the good ways to bond with your baby is through massage. It is a lovely way of expressing your love and care towards your baby. Baby massage is a gentle, rhythmic,
stroking with oil or moisturizer, into your baby’s ankle, wrists and fingers is known to increase their blood circulation.
The following are the benefits of baby massage:
Improves circulation and immune system
Eases teeth pain
Develops mental, physical and social skills
Bonds with mother
Stays relaxed and not upset (Fuss less and sleep better)
A study by Touch Research Institute, on ‘Massage of preterm newborns to improve growth and development’, suggested greater weight gain and superior performance on developmental assessments persisted across the first 6 months for the group of infants that received massage treatment.
It reduces postpartum depression
Helps Feel good and more empowered
Improves bonding with the baby
The best time to massage your baby -
Between feeds, when your baby is awake and settled.
Morning hours- exposure to sunlight helps to meet vitamin D and thereby the calcium absorption is increased that strengthens their bones. It also improves the blood circulation. Massaging can last for 10 -30 minutes.
Requirements for baby's massage:-
Oils - Olive,coconut oil, sesame oil
Well lighted and ventilated room or balcony to massage and expose them in morning sun for getting adequate vitamin D
Relaxing music (optional).
How to massage:
Apply a little oil all over the body to see if the child is comfortable with the oil post bath.
Heat and cool the oil or rub a little oil between your palms to warm it and work on the legs first and gradually move towards the head.
Stroke gently and squeeze the calves of legs. Lift the leg up and down and press the knee on the tummy (not too hard).
For chest and tummy, spread your hands flat against the center of the body and move to the sides. Use your fingertips to stroke outwards in small circles.
Talk to you baby giving eye contact while massaging as this improves their social skills and you can find out baby cues.
If your baby cries or gets stiff or turns face then it is time to stop massaging.
So take out some time for your baby massaging and spend special time together!