Your baby begins at the age of six weeks to become more responsive, and he may be ready and ready for a full massage that gives you more opportunities to bond with your baby and stimulate his senses, so that the experience of massage offers you many more benefits than you think.
Getting your baby massaged is a great way to interact together and create a fun and playful atmosphere. Here are some additional strokes that you can add to your massage routine.
Abdominal massages are a beautiful way to help your baby feel safe and protected, as well as help relieve stomach problems such as colic and constipation.
If your child is happy with this massage, you can massage his stomach with gentle pressure, using one hand and then the other.
Massage your baby’s tummy with the “I Love You” method
Start by placing your hand on your baby’s belly.
- Use your right hand to make strokes on the left side of your baby’s abdomen downward (to your right), and this is the letter “I”.
- Massage in the opposite direction from the right side of your baby’s tummy to the left side, in an “L” shape.
- Massage from top to bottom, in a “U” shape, starting from the bottom right side, then up, then down toward the other side on the left side of the baby’s abdomen. Express your love for him by saying “I love you” while you massage him with your gentle pressure.
A gentle chest massage may help relieve congestion problems. When touching the chest area gently, you may sometimes need to stop and place your hands on your baby’s chest to share your feelings together.
Place both hands in the center of your baby’s chest, and press out toward the sides as if you were flattening the pages of a book. Maintain contact with your baby and run your hands down and around the area, then down the center of the chest again.
You can use the Relaxation Touch method at any age of the baby and at any time during the massage. Sometimes children keep a lot of tension in their bodies, and using this method on their arms and legs to encourage them to relax.
Gently place your hands around your baby’s arm or leg, and ask him to relax. In a calm voice, repeat the word “be calm.” And if you feel your baby is responding to you, reward him with positive expressions, such as a smile or a kiss.
This is a great way to show your baby how to relax his hands. Gently open his hands using the sole of your thumb, and wrap around each of his fingers with his forefinger and thumb, and finally press on the top of his hands from the wrist to the tips of the fingers.
Facial massages may help reduce the stress that breastfeeding, crying and teething pain can cause.
Babies imitate your movements and expressions. One of the wonderful moments between the two of you is that you make eye contact and live happy time together. Draw small circles on his jaw with your fingertips.
Massaging the baby’s back may support strengthening the neck, shoulders and arms, while at the same time soothing and relaxing your baby. There are many ways to position your baby and encourage him to enjoy being placed on his stomach. You can learn these different positions in baby massage lessons.
Put your baby on his stomach, starting with both hands on the top of his back, at the right angles and then up to the spine. Move your hands back and forth, in opposite directions, then rub down to his buttocks, then up to his shoulders, then down again. Then go down with your hand from his neck to his feet.
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.