You do not need any special ointments or gels to give your baby a proper massage. All you need is a bit of one-on-one time with your baby. Gently rub your baby all over. Watch for his cues; if he is enjoying a certain motion, continue using it. If something irritates me, abstain from it. Try not to feed your baby just after a feeding or just before; hungry and empty bellies can be uncomfortable. Once you start giving your baby a regular massage, neither one of you will want to stop. Here are the four benefits of a baby massage.
1. Your baby will be soothed.
You have likely had moments when your baby is only calmed by being in your arms. As soon as you put him down, he fusses again. A full body massage is relaxing for your baby for the same reason you and I love them. Having our skin and muscles rubbed produces a calming effect. Your baby’s brain produces “love chemicals” like serotonin, oxytocin, and cortisol whenever he is touched, which make him feel better and calmer. Limit distractions in the room so your baby focuses on the massage.
2. Your baby will feel loved.
Babies need very simple gestures to know that people love them. Since they don’t understand words, all you need is to touch him often and make lots of eye contact. A massage is a perfect time to do both. Don’t make him compete for your attention. Turn off the TV and make it clear that he’s your focus for this time. Those brief moments can help you build a lasting relationship that will last for his whole life.
Helpful tip: A baby massage is an excellent way for fathers to bond with their children, too, who often spend less time with their children than moms.
3. Your baby will sleep better.
While we all have methods of falling asleep, a massage will work for anyone! Offer your baby a massage as part of his bedtime ritual. Give him a warm bath, read him quiet story that’s fun, but not exciting, and then offer a gentle massage. He may fall asleep before you’re finished! If you stick to this routine, he’ll start to get drowsy as soon as you start.
4. You’ll improve his emotional well-being.
By creating a regular pattern of safety and security, your baby will feel emotional connected to his parents. A bond will be established that will support the relationship for years to come. Make sure you don’t treat the massage like a chore. Use lots of smiles, kind expressions, and plenty of eye contact. Massages are also good for parents to help them feel more in control, which is something new parents often need.
Written by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz
Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.
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One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!
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