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Baby Massage 123

Updated on June 3, 2013
Baby feet massage
Baby feet massage

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.

3.Backside

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.

Yu Yee Oil - Herbal Medicated Baby Oil
Yu Yee Oil - Herbal Medicated Baby Oil
Baby massage
Baby massage

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Benefits of Baby Massage

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.

What is BPA? Baby bottle danger.

Suspected of being hazardous to humans since the 1930s, concerns about the use of bisphenol A in consumer products were regularly reported in the news media in 2008 after several governments issued reports questioning its safety, and some retailers have removed products made of it from their shelves.

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      jasonycc 4 years ago from South East Asia

      My pleasure, restrelax. Do try out the baby massage steps above. Thanks for stopping by.

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      restrelax 6 years ago from Los angeles CA

      Wow very nice hub.Thanks for sharing.

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      jasonycc 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Thank you Kristine. Baby massage is as easy as 123.

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      Donna Kristine 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I love this. PRECIOUS!

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      jasonycc 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Hi Amy, thanks for visiting. More and more parents have the awareness on baby massage benefits. We will check your website too. Cheers.

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      Amy 7 years ago

      I believe in infant massage, when I was pregnant I became trained by a certified massage therapist which was totally awesome! It has provided many benefits to my little one, visit my website if you need any information on techniques. I am a stay at home mom so you can look to my website for other important mommy information as well!

      Thanks,

      Amy

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      jasonycc 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Baby massage is easy to perform and has many benefits to your baby too. Thanks for your feedback massage biz.

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      massage business 7 years ago

      Massage is a great way to build the parent child bond... love that picture of the baby's feet.

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      jasonycc 8 years ago from South East Asia

      Yes, newborn babies should be given baby massage as early as possible but in a shorter duration. cupid51, thanks for visiting. :)

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      cupid51 8 years ago from INDIA

      Very informative hub. Parents of new born babies will certainly be benefited with. thanks for sharing.

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      jasonycc 8 years ago from South East Asia

      Thanks for stopping by, Helen.

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      Helen Pritchard 8 years ago

      What a lovely routine - thank you. Helen

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      jasonycc 8 years ago from South East Asia

      Tina, ya babies are really cute with their tiny little feet and tiny little hands. Thanks for visiting :)

      Cheryl, we will take note of your advice. Appreciate your sharing of experience. Cheers!

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      _cheryl_ 8 years ago from California

      Nice hub! But beware, my son actually got spoiled with massage as a baby, and later would ask for foot massages before bedtime as he got older at about age 3 or 4 lol! Thanks or sharing your techniques =)

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      TINA V 8 years ago

      I got attracted with the cute feet of the baby in the photo. I enjoyed reading this article. I love babies. It was good to know that you have a technique in massaging their feet. Nice hub.

      Have a great week!

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      jasonycc 8 years ago from South East Asia

      Thanks friend.

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      inwest 8 years ago from Romania

      hi! good luck in business! gigi

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