“The best time to start infant massage is within the first three months, as babies begin to develop important physical and intellectual abilities, including motor skills,” Bosco says. “The infant massage techniques will be very light and gentle.” The goal is to get baby comfortable and familiar with your touch.
How do you give a newborn a massage?
To get started:
- Create a calm atmosphere. If possible, do the massage in a warm, quiet place — indoors or outdoors. …
- Control your touch. When you first start massaging your baby, use a gentle touch. …
- Slowly stroke and knead each part of your baby’s body. …
- Stay relaxed. …
- Watch how your baby responds.
Should you massage baby before or after bath?
After baby’s bath is an ideal time for a massage. She’s already naked, and her skin is still moist — the perfect time to apply oil or lotion. Put oil or lotion in your palm and rub hands together, which warms up the lotion and your hands — and makes for a more comfy, enjoyable massage.
Where do you massage a baby to poop?
Using the fingertip to make circular motions on the stomach in a clockwise pattern. Walking the fingers around the naval in a clockwise pattern. Holding the baby’s knees and feet together and gently pushing the feet toward the belly. Stroking from the rib cage down past the belly button with the edge of a finger.
How do you play with a newborn?
Here are some other ideas for encouraging your newborn to learn and play:
- Put on soothing music and hold your baby, gently swaying to the tune.
- Pick a soothing song or lullaby and softly sing it often to your baby. …
- Smile, stick out your tongue, and make other expressions for your infant to study, learn, and imitate.
Is it OK to massage baby’s head?
The back fontanelle closes by the time your baby is 6 weeks old but the one on the top closes when your baby is 18 months old. Hence, for the first six weeks, avoid applying any pressure on your baby’s head while giving a massage.