Updated: Jan 15, 2020
Massaging Your Baby
“Where touching begins, there, love
and humanity also begin.”
Regular massage has many benefits including:
Helps you to become more confident handling your baby
Helps your baby to relax and sleep by producing deeper and sounder sleeping patterns
Stimulates your baby’s immune system and circulation
Acts as an aid to digestion and encourages regular bowel movements
Can help to ease colic and constipation
Improves your baby’s skin texture and deep cleanses the pores
Stimulates your baby by touch
Helps to prepare your baby for increased movement and mobility
Provides a unique and special time of mutual pleasure
Reduces stress in you and your baby
When Not To Massage Your Baby
If your baby is unwell
24 – 48 hrs after immunisations
If your baby has a skin condition
If your baby has eczema, please consult your GP about what is best to use on their skin
Delay massage if your baby is hungry, tired or crying, unless the crying is due to colic or ‘wind’
Do not massage over an unhealed umbilicus (belly button)
Do not massage over the abdomen if baby has hiccups or has recently fed (within past 45 minutes)
Where To Massage Your Baby
Place a soft towel on your lap or on the floor. Make sure the room is warm and draught free before you begin. Switch off your phone and ensure minimum disturbance.
Which Oils To Use
Vegetable oils allow your hands to
glide smoothly over your baby’s skin. Vegetable oils are easily absorbed, penetrate the pores, and deep cleanse the skin giving it a healthy glow. Organic grape seed, sweet almond and sunflower are particularly suitable for baby massage.
Sunflower oil is high in linoleic acid, which makes it an excellent choice for a baby with sensitive skin. There is also a wide variety of ready-blended baby massage oils available.
Always read the ingredients label carefully.
Adding Essential Oils
It is generally recommended not to use essential oils on a baby’s skin until after 3 months of age. (In the case of preemies 3 months after their original due date). One or 2 drops can then be added to your carrier oil.
You can place a drop of essential oil of lavender on yourself (clothes or skin) while massaging your baby as the smell may help to calm your baby and over time they will come to associate the smell with calmness.
“Massaging your baby should be as pleasurable and relaxing for you as it
is for your baby.”
Baby Massage Teacher