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Is baby massage good for my infant? How can I do it?

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Is baby massage good for my infant? How can I do it?

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Massage is not just a lavish treatment you splurge on when on vacation; it can be good for your baby too. Baby massage is an ancient technique that started in India and China, but has gained plenty of fans in the US. The perks? It can calm your baby; may help relieve colic, constipation and teething problems; and can even help you two bond. Babies thrive on skin-to-skin contact, so as long as you don’t overdo the pressure, it certainly can’t hurt!

You don’t need to be a certified massage therapist to do infant massage; you just have to start gently, observe how baby responds and adjust what you do accordingly.

Start by rubbing some baby massage oil on your hands (try California Baby massage oil or you can even use almond oil or olive oil). Next, gently knead baby’s legs, feet, back and hands -- and belly if you want. Some experts believe rubbing baby’s belly helps reduce gas pains. Don’t apply too much pressure when massaging, but you can use a slightly firm grasp to soothe baby.

Just like you, babies have certain moods and preferences, so you’ll want to feel yours out to see if he likes being massaged when he’s cranky or sleepy, or if he’s like, “leave me alone!” Try giving him a massage and see how it goes. Some ways to tell he likes it are if his body seems to relax or he’s smiling at you. If he doesn’t like it, he’ll probably be squirmy and agitated. Baby’s not into massage when he’s cranky? Try it during playtime or tummy time, when he’s in a good, alert mood.

You can start to perform massage on baby right after birth. There’s no limit to how many times you can massage baby a day. It just depends (like everything else right now!) on baby’s mood.

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Gayle Berry, founder of Blossom & Berry, a company that provides baby massage training classes

How to do baby massage?

Massage is wonderful for new babies (and older babies too!) It can help to calm and soothe them when they are fussy. Long gentle strokes are usually good for that. If your baby has tummy issues, you can massage around their belly, going in a clock-wise motion to help move things along inside. Using a little bit of a natural baby massage oil can help your fingers to glide smoothly on their skin (if your baby has sensitive skin, you might want to test a tiny dab of the oil first before you oil them all the way!) Be sure to watch your baby, and follow their signals. If they're getting upset, they might not want a massage right then. Always try to stop while they are still happy.

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How to do baby massage?

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dustinscott |

How to do baby massage?

baby massage is all about you and the baby bonding by touch when my son was little i would give him a tubby then dry him off fresh diaper and i would use jonhson's lavender bed time massage oil and just rub it in to his however it felt natural it was a wonderful bonding thing for us and after that he had his good night bottle and was very easy to put to bed hes 5 now and sleeps wonderfully

ldorman1231 |

How to do baby massage?

well massaged babies truly are happier babies. It not only energizes their mind but also makes them physically healthy. I prefer using mustard oil as it also keeps the body warm during a cold weather. this blog http://www.nappytimes.com/blog/entry/are-massaged-babies-really-happier gave me a lot of other tips regarding massaging babies as well.

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How to do baby massage?

well massaged babies truly are happier babies. It not only energizes their mind but also makes them physically healthy. I prefer using mustard oil as it also keeps the body warm during a cold weather. this blog http://www.nappytimes.com/blog/entry/are-massaged-babies-really-happier gave me a lot of other tips regarding massaging babies as well.

meenakshi1111 |

How to do baby massage?

Baby oil is the best! My LO loves her little massages. Just think of it as a mini-massage -- rubbing the oil on baby with the tiniest amount of pressure from your fingertips will do it :)

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