Massage is a lovely way to relax with your baby.  They feel loved, and it soothes them.  Massage helps the brain develop through touch; it strengthens muscles and helps them learn how their body fits together.

Tips for massaging your baby

  • Massage works best in a warm, peaceful environment. It’s a lovely way to soothe, relax and bond.

  • Some babies love a massage after a bath.

  • Start massaging from your baby’s head and gently stroke downwards over their body.

  • Use a gentle circular motion with your fingers.

  • Baby massage oil will help your hands slide over your baby’s body.

  • Avoid highly perfumed oils, which can irritate the skin.

  • Talk or sing as to your baby as you massage them.

The way you massage isn’t important.  Just do whatever your baby enjoys.

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