There are many benefits of baby massages. It doesn’t just help them to relax and to feel securely attached, but it can help to provide relief from common discomforts such as colic with nursing babies.
Baby massaging has many benefits for both the mother and the baby. In this article, we will explain in detail the different benefits for infant massaging, when is the best time to do it and for how long.
What is a baby massage?
– Infant massaging is a non-verbal language, which a mother can use to tell her baby how much she loves and cares for him.
– When being massaged, the baby doesn’t just feel a physical sensation of well-being but also feels it emotionally.
– It allows the mother to care for her baby’s physical and emotional needs but also helps her to gain a deep understanding of her baby’s behavior, crying and body language.
When is the best time to massage your baby?
– Whenever you like! Massaging babies can be done after bath-time, dressing, diaper changing, etc.
– You can also massage him while he is resting in his bed, before and after nursing.
How to massage a nursing colic baby?
– The problem with a colic-relief massage for babies is that is doesn’t provide a long-term solution, but it provides relief for your baby.
– It is important to make small round clock-wise movements in his tummy using the palm of your hand.
– Place the baby face up on a soft surface and gently hold your babies knees together and lightly press towards the abdomen, so he looks like he has frog’s legs.
In what position should your baby be during the massage?
– It is important that you don’t make any forced or unnatural movements or changes while holding your baby for breastfeeding, holding or massaging your baby. This will help his growth symmetry.
– If a baby is always left in the same positions, the baby will overtime develop postural habits that are rigid and awkward.
What should you do if the baby is moving too much?
– When your baby is agitated, the ideal position is for him to sit like Buddha, either lying on a soft surface or in your arms, having his legs semi-crossed. This allows him to receive support for his back, and being able to observe his surroundings.
How long should the massage last for?
– Your baby will let you know when he has had enough by becoming nervous and agitated.
Can you massage your babies face?
It is best not to massage their faces as babies develop their facial movements by smiling or frowning.
The baby should be lying face up on a soft surface. Gently rub their forehead by rubbing from the middle outwards towards the sides. Next softly massage around their eyes, making a circular motion.
Massage the baby beginning in the middle of the chest and massage upward towards his neck. Next, rub his shoulders, going down his arms. This massage is down with two hands and both hands should go at the same speed, going in slow motion before ending the massage.
Place your little one face down on your knees. This is massage starts in the top part his back, moving both your hands up and down allover, without removing your hands contact from his back until finished.
Raise your baby’s foot using your thumbs on both hands; give him a soft massage on his feet right up to the tips of his toes. When reaching the toes, lightly apply pressure to each toe, one by one. Gently move the toes to the side, to help with flexibility. Repeat on the other foot.
To do this massage, first use one hand and then the other, making a clockwise circular motion around his belly bottom. Every time your arms cross, then switch hands for the massage. This massage is wonderful for providing relief for colic and other types of tummy discomforts, that are common for the first few months and is the main reason for his non-stop crying.