Massaging Your Baby. A new born baby requires a lot of intense care. Having born the baby, after carrying him or her with your body, for 9 months, you as a parent do understand that your baby needs the most intense care, which is your responsibility. As, these are just the first few days of the baby, in our world, there are a lot of things, which the baby’s body is yet to adapt to. And, also as the body is growing, we need to pay attention to muscles as well. The bones, they need the right amount of nutrients. Furthermore, it is really important to understand the need of Massaging Your New Born. Though there are several myths about Massaging the baby right, the Doctors still claim of a few points to be the most accurate. So, here we are to find out, How To Massage Your Baby?
Knowing the Right Areas – Getting Started to Massage your Baby right:
Well, starting to talk about Massaging a New Born baby, and it’s benefits; there are many. First of all, massaging your baby, helps you bond better with him/her. Secondly, it is proven that the right kind of massage, done rightly helps your baby, sleep better and relieve. And, this is not all. If you Massage Your Baby daily, then it helps your baby’s body to be more flexible and bones be better and stronger, along with Intellectual Development. So, having known the importance, I must say that it is really a good idea to Massage the baby, everyday.
You can use a blanket or a towel and the massage oil as well. Keep in mind to avoid the Massage, after your baby has just fed or is sleepy. This will be a bad practice for him/her. Now, to begin, sit down on the floor with your legs folded, so your soles touch face to face. Now, undress your baby down to the diaper, and lay him/her on the blanket. Start with a simple stroke and observe how baby responds to that. If the baby stiffens or cries, better end the massage for the day and wait for tomorrow.
Below here are the steps to Massage Your Baby on different body parts.
1. Hold your hand in a way that your pinky’s edge can move like a paddle across your baby’s belly. Starting at the base of the rib cage, stroke down with one hand, then the other, in a paddle-wheel-like motion.
2. Massage the abdomen with your fingertips in a circular, clockwise motion.
3. Do the “I L(ove) U” stroke: Trace the letter “I” down your baby’s left side. Then trace an “L”, stroking across the belly along the base of her ribs from her right side to her left and down. And, then trace a “U”, stroking from low on the baby’s right side, up and around the navel, and down the left side.
4. Walk your fingers around her navel, clockwise.
5. Hold knees and feet together and gently press knees up toward her abdomen. Rotate baby’s hips around a few times to the right. (This often helps expel gas.)
6. Place your hand on tummy horizontally and rock it from side to side a few times. Don’t massage tummy if the cord hasn’t completely healed.
Head and Face:
1. Cradling your baby’s head in both hands, massage the scalp with your fingertips, as if you’re shampooing. (Avoid the fontanel, the soft spot on top of baby’s head.)
2. Now, massage his/her ears between your thumb and index finger.
3. Trace a heart shape on your baby’s face, bringing your hands down at the chin.
4. Place your thumbs between your baby’s eyebrows, and stroke out.
5. Again with your thumbs, stroke gently out over baby’s closed eyelids.
6. Stroke from the bridge of the nose out onto the cheeks.
7. Using your fingertips, massage the jaw in small circles.
1. Place both hands on your baby’s chest and stroke outward from her sternum to her shoulders.
2. Beginning at her sternum, trace a heart shape bringing both hands up to her shoulders, then down and back together.
3. In a crisscross pattern, stroke diagonally from one side of your baby’s hip, up and over the opposite shoulder, and back down to her hip.
1. With one hand, hold baby’s wrist. Relax her upper arm by tapping it lightly.
2. Hold her wrist with one hand and hold your other hand in a C-shape around baby’s upper arm; stroke from her shoulder down to her wrist.
3. With each hand grasping her arm, one right above the other, stroke down from shoulder to wrist with both hands rotating in opposite directions, as if you were gently wringing a towel.
4. Massage her palm, moving thumb over thumb from heel of her hand to her fingers.
5. Stroke down top of hand from wrist to fingertips. Gently squeeze and pull each finger.
6. Massage her wrist by moving your fingers in small circles.
7. Roll her arm between both your hands.
1. Now, to Massage Your Baby on the back, place baby on tummy horizontally in front of you. Keep her hands in front of her, not at her sides.
2. With both of your hands on baby’s back, move each hand back and forth (keeping them going in opposite directions) from the base of the neck to her buttocks.
3. Hold your baby’s buttocks with one hand and use the other to stroke down from her neck to her buttocks.
4. Using your fingertips, massage in small circles down one side of baby’s spine and up the other. Avoid pressing on her spine directly.
5. Massage her shoulders with small circular motions.
6. Massage her buttocks with big circular motions.
7. Holding your fingers like a rake, stroke down her back.
1. Lift one of her legs by the ankle and relax it by lightly tapping the upper thigh.
2. Hold her ankle with one hand and hold your other hand in a C-shape, thumb down, around your baby’s upper thigh. Stroke from her thigh down to her foot.
3. With your hands grasping the leg at the thigh, one right above the other, stroke down from hip to foot with both hands rotating in opposite directions, as if you were wringing a towel.
4. On the sole of her foot, use a thumb-over-thumb motion to massage from heel to toes.
5. Use your whole hand to stroke the bottom of her foot from heel to toes.
6. Stroke the top of her foot. Gently squeeze and pull each toe.
7. Massage around her ankle using small circles.
8. Roll her leg between your hands, as if you’re rolling dough.
So, this was what we meant to say. For sure it is important to Massage Your Baby daily. As, we also mentioned earlier in this post only, Massaging your Baby. Also, you should check if the oil is suiting to baby’s skin. If in case, the oil doesn’t suit, then I’d recommend to swap it for a better oil. On the other hand, do keep in mind of baby’s sleep hours. Disturbing the baby’s sleep is irritating as well as tiresome.
- Make strokes gentle but firm, and not ticklish.
- Build massage into your baby’s daily schedule.
- Follow baby’s signals about when to stop. A massage can last 10 minutes or 30 minutes, depending on her moods.
Apart from these General tips, you can also consider a lot of other things, to keep in mind. We, via this blog, will keep you updated of all what you need to know for your New Born Baby. So, Stay in touch. And, also, do not forget to Subscribe to our Newsletter.