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      Touching Moments: Exploring the Benefits of Baby Massage for Your Little One

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      Touching Moments: Exploring the Benefits of Baby Massage for Your Little One

      Updated on 21 September 2023

      Babies are delicate creatures who require constant love, attention, and care. One way to show your little one some extra TLC is by incorporating a daily massage into their routine. Massaging your baby has been shown to provide numerous physical and emotional benefits, including improved sleep, digestion, and bonding between parent and child.

      In this article, we'll explore the top benefits of massaging your baby and provide tips for incorporating this practice into your daily routine. So, get ready to indulge your baby in some touching moments and reap the rewards for both you and your little one.

      What are some benefits of baby massage?

      If you want to pamper and soothe your baby then massaging is one of the best ways. It offers tremendous health benefits to a baby like improving blood circulation, easing the teething process, aiding digestion, and helping in weight gain. It not only strengthens your bond with the baby, but it also makes the bones of the baby grow stronger.

      You can use baby oil or moisturizer to gently massage your baby’s arms, legs, hands, head, chest, tummy, and back. You can carefully use your hands in smooth rhythmic strokes to make your baby feel relaxed and calm. No matter how cranky or unwell your baby feels, massaging can put your baby at ease.

      The benefits of the baby massage are:

      • Improves blood circulation, breathing, and gastrointestinal functions
      • It can relax your baby’s nervous system
      • A baby gets relief from colic and sleep problems
      • Relieves digestion problems
      • Improves motor development
      • Improves weight
      • Relieves congestion
      • Reduces stress and cranky behavior

      What is the best time for a baby massage?

      Be it morning or evening- You can choose any time of the day for a baby massage. Just make sure your baby is not tired, hungry, or sleepy. Massaging will help you a lot to set a routine of bathing, feeding, and sleeping. It is recommended that new mothers must wait for at least 10-15 days (about 2 weeks) after childbirth to start the baby massage with any oil or lotion. You can apply gentle pressure and make it a routine to massage your baby every day.

      For premature babies, one must seek medical help before starting any massage. Before massaging you must choose a clean and cozy room for the baby. Keep your mobile phones and furry friends away from that room. You can sing a lullaby or devotional song while gliding your hands delicately on your baby. You must know the complete process of baby massage or you can take help from the baby’s grandma.

      How to massage different body parts of the baby?

      Here are some important points that should help you while massaging your baby's body parts:

      1. Head Massage

      Starting from the head, apply some oil on your baby’s head and gently massage in circular motions with your fingertips.

      2. Neck Massage

      By supporting the head of the baby with one hand you can apply some oil and gently massage the neck with your first two fingers.

      3. Belly Massage

      Put your one hand at the baby’s navel and with the help of your fingertips massage the baby’s tummy in a circular motion for a few minutes. Repeat these motions several times.

      4. Colic-relief Massage

      Bend your baby’s knees up to the tummy after belly massage. Before releasing you must hold the position for a few seconds. This will help in releasing built-up gas in your baby’s tummy.

      5. Arm Massage

      Starting from the shoulder gently roll your baby’s arms and move down towards the wrist. You can repeat twice or thrice for both arms.

      6. Leg Massage

      Starting from the thighs gently roll your baby’s legs and move down towards the ankles. You can repeat twice or thrice for both legs.

      You may also like: Mistakes You Should Always Avoid While Massaging Your Little One's Body

      Closing Thoughts

      In conclusion, baby massage can be a wonderful way to show your baby some love and provide essential physical and emotional benefits. It can be a calming and enjoyable part of your daily routine that helps you connect with your little one on a deeper level. Remember to take your time, be gentle, and follow your baby's cues to make the most of your massage session. With patience and practice, you'll soon become an expert in the art of baby massage, and your little one will thank you for the extra love and attention.

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      Written by

      Loveleen Gupta

      A working mother with more than two decades of experience in writing for the publishing industry and digital space, Loveleen Gupta loves dabbling in creative writing also. A graduate from Miranda House, she uses her personal experiences to express herself.

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