Baby massage: The best baby massage tips and techniques
We all know how important it is to ensure your baby goes to bed feeling relaxed, settled and ready for a full night's sleep (fingers crossed), and baby massage has the abiliity to aid in this evening routine. It can work to reduce irritability and create a calming experience for not only the baby, but the mother or father too.
Follow our tips and tricks to ensure you're well versed in baby massage.
- Massaging babies tummy in circular motions just below the ribs is a great place to start as it also aids in digestion and trapped wind.
- After a babies bath is the perfect time to give a massage - they are already naked and skin is moist making it ideal for soaking up massage oil or lotion.
- Using your entire hand, gently massage each leg, putting light pressure on their thighs. You can then go in and flex your baby's legs and knees, which will softly push theirthighs against her body (another good realease of trapped air).
- When it comes to the feet, using your thumb, place gentle pressure on the pad of the foot and also the toes rubbing them in circular motions.
- Go natural where you can with baby oils - they reach such deliacte areas, it's best to use products that are natural or even better organic.
bh loves: Artemis Mother & Baby Massage Oil, $39.99; Living Nature 'Kekebaby Massage Oil, $59; Wild Ferns Honey Babe Calming Massage Oil, $24.95, (all from Life Pharmacy) and Sukin Silky Soft Baby Massage Oil, $21.99.