Infant massage is an ancient tradition in many cultures that have been rediscovered in the West. Through tactile stimulation, parents are nurturing the affective contact with the baby and establishing the first bonds of the bond that will unite us forever.
Discover this subtle, tender and pleasant technique that helps the baby release his body and tone his muscles has opened a new window for many mothers.
Who has been able to find, like I, the key to relax and calm their babies when they need it and thus enjoys much more of the experience of being a mother.
5 Benefits of Infant Massage
There are many types of massage, and each one is indicated for a particular moment. Relaxing massage is a special sensory experience for the baby because it helps you fall asleep, calms you, and prepares you to sleep placidly.
Both parents and baby should be relaxed to enjoy this massage in the privacy and without interruptions. After bathing, before dinner or half an hour after taking it, it is the ideal time to enjoy it.
Abdominal massages are another type of massage that helps overcome both the baby and the parents, the irritability that causes the infant’s colic during the first months of life.
Gentle circular, clockwise movements over the baby’s belly while we move our legs slightly up and down helped my baby improve his discomfort and be less uncomfortable every day.
Through abdominal massage, my baby and I learned an excellent resource to calm their discomfort.
Because the cramps always started simultaneously, a massage half an hour before they appeared helped him overcome it, and after a week of the massage, I began to notice that the time that his colic lasted was getting smaller.
In the morning, before dressing him up, he was encouraged to start his game session. Stimulating massages also liked both of us. Although there is a massage for every moment of the day, we should not abuse them.
Only the parents, specifically the mothers, have a sixth sense to interpret what happens to their baby.
To use a relaxing massage one day when we feel more nervous, to offer a stimulating massage when we see that it is somewhat fallen, or to initiate the technique of abdominal massage when it has colic can be the parents’ great secret to enhancing the well-being of our baby.
#1. Massage for the legs
Simply put your fingers around the baby’s leg, and then slide your hands down from the thigh to the ankle. Repeat this several times, then repeat the process with the other leg.
#2. Belly Massage
Put your hands on the area of the baby’s navel. With a counterclockwise motion, make sure you rub your hands with a firm and gentle touch across her tummy in a circular motion. Repeat.
#3. Arm Massage
Begin by gently rolling your baby’s arm through your fingers, beginning at his shoulder and then moving towards his wrist. Then change to the other arm. Repeat the process two to three times.
#4. Neck Massage
Assist your infant’s upper and lower body with one hand. Put the thumb of the other hand on the neck on one side and the first 2 fingers onto the opposite side. Use your fingers to gently rub your baby’s neck in the direction of a circle. Repeat these circular motions a few times.
#5. Colic-Relief Massage
Begin by giving your baby an abdominal massage. After that, he bends his knees towards his stomach. Hold for 30 seconds before taking off. Repeat several times. Then, place the hand’s edge on your baby’s stomach as it glides from the belly button in a rhythmic pattern to let out the excess gas. Repeat the process if necessary.
How to Massage Baby
Concentrate on making athletic movements, always from the inside out and the centre for the extremities or the bottom up. From left to right, at a slow and steady pace, moderating the pressure of the fingers according to the zone.
- Start at the chest. Slide your hands from the centre to the sides. First the left and then the right.
- After the breast, massage your arms, turning the baby on his side, holding him by the shoulder and making movements (with the other hand) from the shoulder towards the pulse, always maintaining a constant rhythm.
- Massage your hands, gently stretching each finger. And the same with the feet and their little fingers.
- Place one of your hands at the height of your baby’s stomach and slide it down in the baby’s direction as if you were emptying it. Alternate movements with one and another hand. If your baby has gas problems, that massage will help eliminate them.
If your baby is not so small, you can turn your body around and massage him on the back, always from the central part to the sides. He will thank you with stammering and shouting.
Benefits of Infant Massage [YouTube Video]
Important: Massage should only be avoided when the baby has a fever, flu, or an infection. And if the child begins to cry when you are giving the massage, interpret it as a NO and quit the exercise.
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