Baby Massage - The importance of touch
The birth of a new baby is a perfect time to
introduce more touching into your family
Humans derive a sense of well being from
Infant massage is fun and enables parents to
be more receptive to their baby
Benefits of baby massage include:
• Relief of discomfort
• Relaxation and enhancement of neurological development
Improves quality of sleep - by soothing the nervous system
• Teaches infants that touch is a form of expression
• Helps tone muscles and aids growth
• Enhances the bonding process
Increases infant’s body awareness
Increases blood circulation
• Massage provides quality time with a working parent
Choose a moment when you and your child are relaxed and calm. A half hour after
the baby has eaten is recommended.
Be sure that the room temperature is warm and without draughts. Undress the
baby completely. If the weather is cold or humid cover the areas of the baby's body
that are not being massaged.
Put the baby on a soft surface so he/she will feel comfortable and secure. Keep
some little pillows handy.
It is a good idea to put some cream on your hands and rub them together so they
will be soft and warm. Remove any jewelry.
Basically, the massage flows from the head to the toes. With soft and gentle
touches you will work on the head, face, shoulders, arms, chest, stomach and legs.
While you massage your baby look tenderly at him/her. By doing this you stimulate
all the senses of the baby and establish more intense visual and touching
communication. Your touches should be tender. Try to be flexible by not keeping a
routine. If the baby wants to change position let them do so. Do not force your baby
to keep a position; you can go back to these areas later on.
Pressure to use:
Close your eyes and press your eyelids. The pressure you should use is the same
as pressing your eyelids without any discomfort.
In the small areas use your fingertips. In bigger areas use t