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The right gestures for baby massage

Massaging a baby is possible from birth, however, parents usually start around 1 month, and continue until the age of 3 years. The average duration of a massage is 30 minutes, but it can vary depending on the child's age and his or her massage habits.

Massaging your baby isn't difficult, and this special moment will help establish real communication between you and him. Here are a few tips for a successful massage. So don't hesitate any longer!

The necessary environment for a good massage

The massage should be performed in a warm (approx. 26°C) and quiet room. Carried out before a nap or before going to bed, it can release excitement and promote falling asleep. Getting out of the bath is also a good time. The only time to avoid is after the bottle or the meal.

The position adopted must be comfortable for the baby and the parent. For that, you have several solutions:

  • Sit on the floor or on a bed, with a soft and straight back. Place the baby facing you, on a pillow or blanket, as close to you as possible, this will reassure him.
  • You can also sit with your legs extended and your back supported, and place your baby in the hollow between
    your legs, on a blanket or pillow.
  • The baby can also lie on the changing table.

Before you start, remember to remove your jewelry, wash your hands, and above all, relax: this is an essential element for the massage to be beneficial. Coat your hands with oil or milk and rub them for a few moments to warm them up.

How to massage your baby?

The massage is different from caresses: the contact must be warm, soft, but firm, made of stimulating and reassuring pressure for the baby.

A hand must always remain in contact with him.

At the beginning, pay attention to his skull, which remains fragile for several months.

Start with the extremities of the body: massaging the trunk first may make him nervous. If he is not used to it, go gradually, massaging only the legs for example.

Massaging baby's legs

Massage each leg with the inside of the hand, between thumb and index finger, thumb down, with both hands from groin to ankle. This relieves leg tension and promotes blood circulation to the feet.

Then lift one leg towards you, being careful not to lift the baby's pelvis, and wrap it with both hands, as if forming a bracelet. Make a slight "screwing-unscrewing" movement to relax the entire thickness of the muscle.

You can also roll the leg between your hands, from the thigh to the ankle.

Baby's foot massage

Massaging the foot is beneficial for the whole body, as it is extremely rich in nerve endings.

Slide one inch at a time on the sole of the foot, from heel to toe, then massage each toe. Gently massage the heel and then the entire sole of the foot with both thumbs. Don't forget the top of the foot and the ankles.

After massaging both legs and feet, massage the buttocks with small circular motions.

Baby's tummy massage

Place your hands on the baby's belly for a moment, then massage by bringing one hand after the other towards you. Then slide your hands flat on each side of the tummy. With the flat of your fingers, massage clockwise in a circle.

Belly massage tones the digestive system, helps regulate transit and relieves gas and constipation.

Baby's arm massage

Hold the wrist with one hand and, with the other, massage the arm from shoulder to wrist, with the flat of the palm, with the inside of the hands facing you. Stabilize the shoulder so you don't lift the baby. As for the legs, then make a slight "screwing-unscrewing" movement, with both hands always close together so as not to twist the elbow.

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