Your baby will be very active at this stage, as he is now moving a lot, crawling and trying to stand up. Remember that it is natural for an active baby to move a lot, so you can be creative with massaging and stroking any part of your baby’s body in front of you. This age is also a time to add fun to your baby’s care routine such as songs, rhymes and games. You have to adapt the massage strokes to the stage of development of your baby, which is now characterized by hyperactivity. Massaging your baby’s body helps him increase his self-confidence and his ability to interact with others, and it also helps build the co-ordination and strength factors to help him prepare for walking.
A method of massage for the baby 6 months or more
Legs – stroking
Stroking the legs is a fun exercise that increases body awareness. Once your baby shows that he enjoys the movement, you can sing to him. Remember to sing slowly so your baby can share the fun.
Use your hands to stroke his leg from the thigh to the ankle. If your baby’s legs are longer, adjust your strokes from knee to ankle.
If your baby wants to sit up straight, you can adapt the massage to this position. In fact, massaging in this position helps prepare your baby to sit without help from others, and also strengthens his back muscles. Massage may also help calm him as part of his bedtime routine.
Massage one hand after the other from the neck to the buttocks, then down again. Your baby may want to play with a toy while you massage his body.
Gentle movements are a group of simple movements that help develop your child’s coordination, straighten his spine, and keep his body flexible. You can learn more by attending massage lessons and here is an example of these movements.
Massage by repeating the crossed arms, then straightening them
Cross your baby’s arms across his chest three times, alternating each arm over the other each time. Then spread his arms gently towards the side of his body. The rhythm of the movement is: hands crossed – hands crossed – hands crossed – arms straight. Repeat these steps.
Finally, kiss your baby and hold him in your arms.
By massaging your baby’s body, you will become more aware of how he expresses and communicates, and you will be inspired by ideas about ways to care for your baby and support his development in the first few months. You and your baby will discover what is best for you both. It is important to remember that massage is a practice you share with your baby, not just one side