Baby Massage 123
Babies love to be touched and patted. And, they are born to be adorable so that they deserve the love and care from us.
Giving massage is a way of loving babies. And it is as easy as 123. I feel the sequence of the massage is not important as long as you and your baby enjoy the special time together.
1.Head and Face
Both hands cover your baby’s head. Gently use tips of your fingers to massage your baby’s head, like you are washing his/her hair. Move down to his/her forehead, use tiny circular motions, stroking from center outwards. Follow by massage along his/her jaw line, which can be especially comforting during teething.
2.Chest, Tummy, Arm and Leg
Pour a little bath oil, baby oil or lotion onto your hands, and rub your palms together to warm the oil. Then start massaging your baby's chest, from center out to the sides, as if you are smoothing out the pages of a book.
Gently and slowly go down to massage your baby's tummy, one hand following the other, from his/her right side to the left. “Yu Yee” (also known as "Ru Yee") oil can be used here. Do not over pour as this oil will leave a burning sensation but its good reduce colic.
If your baby is a newborn, do not massage near the umbilical cord and avoid the circumcision site if he has been circumcised. Some babies have ticklish stomach; discontinue it when your baby is not comfortable. Do not force the little one.
After this, start stroking each arm with your hands using rolling motions. The flow is going from shoulder down to his/her hand. Then massage each finger of each hand of your baby.
Do not forget to massage each leg, then the foot, between your hands.
Gently roll your baby onto his/her tummy. Start from the shoulder, massage gently with the tips of your fingers. Follow by rubbing back and forth across his/her back. Use gentle motions so that your baby will not feel as though being pushed down.
Remember to finish with a cuddle and a kiss for your precious one!
Important points to note for new mothers:
Massage is two way communications between you and your baby. If your baby is uncomfortable or reluctant to cooperate, do not insist on continuing. Ideally a 15 minute session is recommended.
It’s best to start giving your baby massage when newborn so the benefits start earlier. Also your baby does not move a lot, so it’s easier.
Massage is a kind of therapy. It’s best to do it after the baby’s bath.
Bath oil, baby oil or lotion is important because it helps reduce the friction during massage.
Where to buy Yu Yee Oil
- Products for Children
Online store selling product for children.
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Apart from fostering parent-child connection, giving your baby a massage has been shown to help calm him down, improve sleep patterns and aid digestion. Gentle massage also promotes the growth and development of premature babies.
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