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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jasonycc (author) from South East Asia on June 03, 2013:
My pleasure, restrelax. Do try out the baby massage steps above. Thanks for stopping by.
restrelax from Los angeles CA on February 21, 2012:
Wow very nice hub.Thanks for sharing.
jasonycc (author) from South East Asia on February 10, 2011:
Thank you Kristine. Baby massage is as easy as 123.
Donna Kristine from Atlanta, GA on December 12, 2010:
I love this. PRECIOUS!
jasonycc (author) from South East Asia on December 09, 2010:
Hi Amy, thanks for visiting. More and more parents have the awareness on baby massage benefits. We will check your website too. Cheers.
Amy on December 01, 2010:
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!
jasonycc (author) from South East Asia on September 03, 2010:
Baby massage is easy to perform and has many benefits to your baby too. Thanks for your feedback massage biz.
massage business on August 26, 2010:
Massage is a great way to build the parent child bond... love that picture of the baby's feet.
jasonycc (author) from South East Asia on February 18, 2010:
Yes, newborn babies should be given baby massage as early as possible but in a shorter duration. cupid51, thanks for visiting. :)
cupid51 from INDIA on February 13, 2010:
Very informative hub. Parents of new born babies will certainly be benefited with. thanks for sharing.
jasonycc (author) from South East Asia on February 06, 2010:
Thanks for stopping by, Helen.
Helen Pritchard on February 05, 2010:
What a lovely routine - thank you. Helen
jasonycc (author) from South East Asia on February 02, 2010:
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!
_cheryl_ from California on February 02, 2010:
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 =)
TINA V on February 02, 2010:
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!
jasonycc (author) from South East Asia on January 30, 2010:
inwest from Romania on January 30, 2010:
hi! good luck in business! gigi