Baby Massage

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    Baby Massage is a wonderful way to relax with your baby. Baby massage has been around for a long time in many cultures, such as in India and Africa, and has become popular in the UK since the late 1990's.

    What is Baby Massage?

    Baby Massage is when a parent or primary carer lovingly strokes or holds their baby. Using a high quality non-fragranced vegetable oil, soothing holds and rhythmic strokes are given on each area of baby's body, following a sequence which has been developed over many years. The massage will give you that little special moment in a busy day to bond with your baby.
    Baby Massage
    Why is Baby Massage good for you and your baby?

    For baby…
    • Strengthens bonding and help relaxation
    • Can improve sleep patterns
    • Improves blood circulation and digestion
    • Reduces colic symptoms and digestive problems
    • Stimulates the heightened sense of well being
    For you…
    • Strengthens bonding and helps relaxation
    • Helps you to understand your baby verbally and non-verbally
    • Helps you to gain confidence with handling your baby 
    • Can improve parent-baby interaction for mothers with postnatal depression

    How to do Baby Massage?

    Local to you there are many qualified people who hold classes or one on one training sessions.

    To find a Baby Massage class and other baby activities near you, take a look at your local Small Steps Magazine or Local Events Calendar.

    At home… you can try the following:-

    Grab a peaceful moment in the day to relax with your baby. Find a quiet room and play soft music if you like. Using a good lotion or oil, but don’t forget to make sure it is suitable for babies sensitive skin. Use a penny-sized amount in your hands and rub together to distribute.

    Have a go at the following:
    • Resting Hands – Start your massage by gently resting your hands on your baby’s tummy. This resting hand technique is used before massaging any body area and is a good way for your baby to feel secure and enjoy touch.
    • Baby’s Legs – Using one hand, gently hold your baby’s ankle. Place your other hand at the top of your baby’s thigh, moulding it around the leg, then slide it to the ankle. Repeat the firm yet gentle rhythmic strokes, one hand after the other.
    • Baby’s Tummy – After your baby’s umbilical cord is healed over, a light and gentle massage on the tummy can help with digestion and tummy troubles. Start by making contact with your baby’s tummy with a reassuring relaxed hand. Then only if your baby is happy, make gentle padding strokes, with one hand following the other.
    • Baby’s Back – Holding your baby close to your chest, massage your baby’s back beginning at the neck, swooping down to their bottom.
    As you give your baby more massages, you’ll gradually find a routine that works best for both of you! Most of all enjoy your special time with your baby!

    How to find a Baby Massage Class?

    To find a Baby Massage class and other baby activities near you, take a look at your local parenting classes pageSmall Steps Magazine or Local Events Calendar

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