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?
Massaging baby's legs
Baby's foot massage
Baby's tummy massage
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.