Massage is a delightful activity which interests almost all babies intensely. Massage of the baby has all those benefits that it has for adults. It is one of the most intimate ways of showing your love for the baby. Massage is often a very effective way to calm an excited toddler.
Body massage improves blood circulation to all parts of the body and eliminates the unwanted toxic matter of the body tissues. Massage helps the body to heal itself.
Use a light vegetable oil such as sunflower oil or almond oil etc. Avoid such baby oils which are mineral oils and so are not easily absorbed by the skin.
There are no special techniques or sequences for massaging a baby. Just do what comes naturally and you will soon find out what your baby likes the most. Keep your movements smooth, slow and gentle. Glide hands lightly across his tummy in a criss-cross motion. Stroke clockwise in a circle round the navel for colic and stomach aches. Stroke and squeeze arms and legs working from his thighs down to the knees and around to his calves and ankles. Gently massage his neck from his ears to his shoulders and from his chin to his chest.
Massage not only soothes an unsettled baby, it can help calm your nerves as well. Babies need touch. Research has shown that a baby would rather be stroked than fed.