and every person, especially parents, like to cuddle
and caress babies. Massage is thus an extension of
these feelings, which, on one hand helps the parents
to connect with their baby and, on the other hand helps the
baby to become alert to their touch and feel. It also
helps in enhancing the baby's immune system, relieves
colic and encourages sleep which, is extremely
essential for the development of the baby.
massaging a baby usage of light vegetable oil is preferred
and the movements too should be gentle and flowing. Place
the baby gently
between your legs, or on your lap, whichever is most
comfortable. Ensure that the room is warm and
comfortable, then, take about 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of oil into a small
dish. Once you are ready, hold your baby's head with
your hands and gently increase the pressure. Make
gentle circular motion to cover the entire head, then,
by supporting the head, massage both the ears. Finally
repeat the circular strokes on your baby's face for
some more time.
Slowly and gently
now, smooth a little of the oil all over the front of
the baby’s shoulders to feet. Lightly stroke down
the chest and abdomen, with the tips of your fingers.
Smooth both hands over the abdomen in continuous
circular strokes by keeping the pressure very light,
then work up on the baby’s right side, across and
down the baby’s left side. Keep the movement
continuous by lifting your left hand when your arms
cross. Repeat this movement several times.
Squeeze out along the
then massage the wrist and palms with light,
circular thumb movements. Then stretch out
each finger with a slight pull. Moving to the legs and feet,
work on one leg at a
time. Support the leg with both hands and gently
squeeze and release the fleshy part of the thigh.
Then supporting the leg with one hand, stroke the
leg from the knee to the thigh and back down
again. Move your supporting hand down to behind the
ankle. Gently smooth the palm of your other hand
over the top of the foot from toe to ankle and
back again. When you get to the toes, very gently
stretch each one turn by turn.
to move on to the back. Turn
the baby over on the front and start stroking up
the whole back to spread a little oil. Stroke around the sides as well and then up
the legs, back and out over the arms. Then gently
knead and squeeze the buttocks to stimulate the
circulation. Gently stroke up
one side of the back to the shoulders and down
again, by alternating
your hands, one over the other. Repeat on the other side of the back.
your thumbs to massage gently up the back upto the
base of the neck, and down again. Include some gentle
massage with the thumbs on the shoulders. Finally,
repeat the feather strokes, working all over the back
from neck to buttocks. Continue the strokes provided
that your baby is truly enjoying them.