You now know the power of touch and massage to increase your bond with your baby and improve his healthy development, but you may be wondering: How do I start?
Here are some baby body massage tips and techniques to help you prepare for a safe and gentle baby massage, and at the same time give your baby a lot more benefits through these wonderful moments.
Note: Do not massage your child’s body if he is sick or just vaccinated, as the injection site may still hurt him.
Choose a time when the child feels relaxed and is not hungry or nervous
Make sure the room is warm and the lighting is not too bright. You can also play soothing music in the background
Bring all the essentials by your side: baby oil, a towel, nappies and clean baby clothes
Wash your hands and remove any jewelry or accessories you are wearing
Choose a safe and comfortable place to massage your baby’s body and place it in a position so that he can see your face clearly
Before you begin, take some time to relax by taking a few full breaths, as this may relax your baby as well
Babies have different temperament and change all the time. For example, young children may feel more secure if most of their clothes are left undressed, and if they feel close to their parent’s body.
When you massage your baby ‘s body, put a small amount, but enough of the oil composition suitable for children, such as baby oil from’S JOHNSON ® by baby , on your hands to Tdlki your child ‘s body satisfaction.
Massaging the baby’s body with baby oil reduces friction and helps the massage strokes on your baby’s body be easier and at a more regular pace. A study that compared one-month-old children who had been massaged with baby oil and others who had not been massaged with baby oil showed that children who were massaged with baby oil showed less boredom and less grimacing as well as less stress behaviors compared to their peers (putting a hand in the mouth and gripping the hand).
But be careful when choosing an oil for your baby’s skin. Natural oils that are not specially formulated for your baby’s skin, such as cooking olive oil, may damage the skin wall and may dry out the child’s skin. The pure mineral oils such as those pharmaceutical used in all children oils from JOHNSON’S ® by baby , it supports functions protect the skin barrier and help prevent the loss of water, which relieves the symptoms of dry skin without clogging pores.
It is best not to apply oil to irritated or red skin. And if a rash occurs, stop using the oil. Always make sure to read the label on the packaging of any product before using it.
Warning: keep all products out of reach of children. Keep any baby oil out of the child’s reach so that he or she does not accidentally drink or inhale it, which could result in serious injury. If any breathing problems occur, consult a doctor immediately.
Giving your baby a massage is not only a time to help him benefit from your touch , but also an ideal opportunity to stimulate your baby’s sense of smell .
Your baby begins to use his sense of smell after 28 weeks of pregnancy, that is, even before he leaves the womb. Smell is distinguished from the rest of the senses by being the sense most closely related to memory, and thus it creates memories charged with emotion more than other senses. Studies have also proven the importance of pleasant and familiar scents in improving your child’s mood and attention.
Regular use of the same fragrant baby oil while massaging your baby’s body, such as JOHNSON’S baby oil , not only arouses the baby’s warm feelings about this time he spends with you and makes him bring it up in his life later, but also helps your child know that the time for massage has come and that He can now fully relax and interact with you, as soon as you put in the first drops of baby oil.
Physical contact, or what is known as “kangaroo care,” is an effective practice that has special benefits for premature and low-weight babies.
For these children, research has shown that physical contact may support feelings of care and concern for the mother and father, enhance thinking skills, increase the chances of breastfeeding, and reduce the number of days in the hospital.