How to Give Baby a Massage

How to Give Baby a Massage

Baby massage has many benefits and is a wonderful way for you to bond with your baby. In fact, studies have shown that massaging your baby can reduce crying and fussiness, help her sleep more peacefully, and alleviate common reasons of baby cries like constipation and colic. Some say that it even boosts a baby’s ability to fight off germs.

Giving your baby a massage is as simple as it is enjoyable. The best time to massage your little one is when he is alert, well-rested, and seems interested in the environment. All you need is 10 to 15 minutes. Before you begin, make sure the room is warm and quiet. Take off any jewelry that could get in the way, and grab some baby oil. Choose a massage oil that is specifically made for babies. Select unscented oils, with natural fragrances and no added perfumes.

Here are important points to keep in mind before you start massaging your baby:

1. Make infant massage part of your daily routine.

Consider massaging your baby around the same time every day so that he comes to expect and enjoy it. What time’s best? There’s no “best” time, really. In general, you want to choose a time when you’re not feeling rushed (so don’t try to squeeze in a squeeze session while dinner’s cooking or you’ve got the washer and dryer going) or when your baby isn’t hungry (since he won’t enjoy the belly rubs if his belly’s empty) or too full (he’ll likely spit up his supper — you won’t make that mistake twice!).

2. If you’re using massage oil, choose one that’s safe for babies.

Sure, you don’t need oil to rub your little one the right way, but it’ll be more pleasant for both of you if your hands glide more easily over your baby’s body. For my little ones I use Oleia Topical oil. It is 100% natural and safe for babies. Oleia is easily absorbed into a baby’s skin — and easily digested when your little one sucks on his hands or fingers. It comes in Chamomile and Lavander. Chamomile has natural soothing effects and is traditionally used to treat insomnia in babies and adults. Chamomile, along with lavender, can relieve symptoms of colic. Chamomile has also been shown to help anxiety and depression, and can uplift a fussy baby’s spirits. While Lavender has many calming and sedative effects. A lavender oil massage can help to relax a fussy baby and encourage sleep. It can also be used on insect bites and to reduce itchiness.

3. Pick an area that’s comfortable for both of you,and warm.

at least 75° F — so your nearly naked newborn doesn’t catch a chill while he’s chilling from your massage. You can massage your little one on your bed (put a towel underneath to avoid oil stains on your comforter). Add some soothing background music or simply use the time to talk and sing to your baby.

4. Follow your baby’s cues

No one likes to be massaged when they’re not in the mood, and that’s true for your baby as well. If he turns away or frowns or cries when you lay your hands on, save the session for later. And remember, you don’t have to give a full-body massage every time. If your baby decides he’s had enough after you’ve rubbed his legs and feet, that’s okay too.

5. Be gentle— and don’t apply too much pressure or it will be overpowering.

Another smart tip from the infant massage playbook: Stroking away from the heart (from shoulder to wrist, for example) is relaxing, and therefore better suited for pre-nap or pre-bedtime massages. Stroking toward the heart (from wrist to shoulder) is more stimulating and better suited for when your baby will be awake and active. You can also do a combo.

 

Here are some infant massage moves to get you started:

  • Head- Start with your hands on both sides of your baby’s head, then run your hands down both sides of his body, from his head to his toes. Next, draw tiny circles on your baby’s head with your fingertips.

 

  • Face- Fold your hands (as if you were praying) on your baby’s forehead, then gently push outward from the center. Next, use your thumb to draw a smile on your baby’s face by stroking from one cheek, across the upper lip to the other cheek. Repeat on the lower lip.

 

  • Chest- Fold your hands on your baby’s chest, then push out to the sides, as if you were smoothing the pages of an open book.

 

  • Tummy- With your fingertips, draw an oval below your baby’s belly button. (Move clockwise, to follow the natural path of digestion.) Next, “walk” your fingertips from one side of your baby’s belly to the other, on the diagonal, as if you were making an “X.”

 

  • Back- Stroke his back side to side and then up and down.

 

  • Legs and feet- Hold your baby’s heel in one hand; with your other hand, start at the top of the thigh and slowly stroke all the way down to the ankle, gently squeezing the leg as you go, as if you were milking a cow. Reverse the motion and go from ankle to thigh. Then rub the feet with your thumbs, gently uncurling and stroking the toes. Switch legs. You can do these same strokes on the arms and hands.

Your baby’s foot is divided into different zones. By applying gentle pressure to certain areas, you will be able to soothe and comfort– providing relief from discomforts while bonding with your baby.

 

About The Author

Andrea is a full time home maker. When she is not busy taking care of her husband and kids, she goes out giving financial management talks. She is a proud breastfeeding mom for four years running and an avid Oleia Topical Oil user.

Baby Massage and its Benefits

Baby Massage and its Benefits

Finally, your little one is sleeping soundly in your arms after your long personal-choreographed dance. You now put her down and voila! She cries. You pick her up again and just like magic she is wide awake and smiling again. It’s how soothing the power of your touch is. Before babies are able to speak, they communicate and interact with the world around them through touch. Maybe that is why they love to cuddle up with you when they are upset or when they needed to feel secure. If just holding your baby can be so comforting, imagine what it’s like for them if you give him/her a full body massage.

Moms, especially the new ones, have unending doubts and ideas in their heads when it comes to taking care of their babies. These include managing the pain and stress their babies have especially during the early stages of their lives. Massage is a lovely way for you to express your love and care for your babies.

Lots of good things happen when you give a baby a massage. Both babies and parents benefits in infant massage. Babies develop attachment and bonding with the parent, better self-esteem, develop positive connection between body, mind and spirit, better sense of love, respect, trust and acceptance, and better communication. On the other hand, parents also benefits from giving infant massage such as better parenting skills, improved ability to read cues offered by the infant, improved bonding between the parent and the baby, more confident parenting, improved communication – verbal as well as non-verbal, and provides quality time with the child.

Aside from these, just as adults benefit from a massage, there are numerous advantages associated with infant massage for better physical development.

1. Better Sleep

Infant massage helps in increasing serotonin levels in the body. This neurotransmitter is known to regulate mood. High levels of serotonin provide a feeling of well-being. As a result, it ensures better sleep that is deeper and more restful.

 

2. Reduces stress and cranky behavior

It is common for babies to cry for various reasons. General reasons causing your baby to cry or act cranky include discomfort, pain in legs or abdomen, tiredness or improper sleep. Regular massage can relieve your infant from pains and discomforts, thus providing better sleep. This further reduces the crying and cranky behavior of the infant.

3. Relief from flatulence

Many infants experience chronic abdominal pain due to intestinal gas. Belly massage increases the pace of waste removal from body. This way, trapped wind is also easily released by the body.

4. Relieves digestion problems

Massage speeds up the natural progression of food along the digestive tract. This way, the massage has proven to be helpful is eliminating problems like constipation and acid reflux.

5. Strengthens the immune system

Just like massage benefits various physiological processes in the body, it also benefits the immune system. Regular massage gives a newborn baby’s immune system a boost, thereby keeping common ailments at bay.

6. Improves weight

Some babies are underweight at the time of birth. Massage provides significant improvement in the weight gain process, thus providing healthy weight to underweight infants.

7. Improves motor development

Baby massage stimulates the nervous system. This makes the infants more aware about their body’s functions during the massage process. This way, infant massage improves flexibility, co-ordination and muscle control.

8. Relieves congestion

In addition to benefits like speeding up of nervous system and providing relief from digestion problems, baby massage also provides relief from congestion. Massage aids improved drainage of sinuses, thus preventing fluid accumulation in the sinuses and airways.

For a better and more relaxing baby massage, use a massage oil that is safe and specifically made for babies. Oleia Topical oil is 100% natural and safe for babies. It comes in relaxing scents of Lavander and Chamomile that your babies will surely love! Try it now and let your baby experience the soothing feels of your loving touch.

 

About The Author

Andrea is a full time home maker. When she is not busy taking care of her husband and kids, she goes out giving financial management talks. She is a proud breastfeeding mom for four years running and an avid Oleia Topical Oil user.

My Baby Fell Off The Bed!

My Baby Fell Off The Bed!

“Blag!”… ” ungaaaaaaaahhh!!!!” next thing I know I found my 7-month old baby on the bedroom floor. My baby fell off the bed! She fell from our high-mattress bed. I felt heartbroken as I picked her up from our wooden floor. Though she stopped crying after she felt she was  already in my arms, the guilt in my heart didn’t stop. Why did I miss her tonight? Why did I fall asleep not securing my co-sleeper? Why did I let her fall? It was 1:30am and happened in a split second after I stepped on dreamland. I should’ve not fallen asleep on the first hand. But I did, probably because I was too tired.

This was not the first time I experienced a child falling from the bed. My first and second also fell from the bed when they were around 6-9 months, not just once, but more than twice and everytime it happens, I feel terrible. It is usually the time when they are learning to crawl and what others refer to as “kalikutan” days of a baby. But this time, with my youngest, even though I knew that it can also happen, I admit that I became complacent. Maybe because she is well behaved (she rarely cries!) compared to my first two children when they were of the same stage.

“Wow.. what kind of a mother is she? 3 kids and still not learning? Or maybe she doesn’t care at all.”

These might be your thoughts right now as you read this blog and I totally understand. I admit it’s my fault, and I swear, I feel I’m the worst parent ever every time it happens. My inner conscience shouts to me the same thoughts. But I can’t linger too much on the situation. I have to relieve my baby’s pain rather feed my own with guilt. I have to forgive myself and move on.

Miraculously, they are always okay, and so normal after a fall like as if nothing happened.

Thank you Lord.

Probably guardian angels are real, if moms can’t catch them, they will. But hey, we can’t just rely on them all the time and not to be careful at all (That’s one lesson I learned). We should also be cautious and do all possible ways to protect our kids from these kinds of situations.

As a mom who wants to keep my kids close to me most of the time possible and because of these many instances that I experience a baby falling from the bed, I researched how I can prevent these from happening again. If you are like me who likes to keep the family bed, here are a few ways you can do to prevent your child from falling out of bed, or at least make it less traumatic if they do:

  • Start by removing the bed frame and setting the mattress on the floor. This lessens the distance that your child might fall if they roll off the edge. If you have a footboard or headboard, remove it.
  • Push the head of the mattress against the wall, and make sure all bedside tables are far enough away from the bed that your child can’t get stuck between the table and the mattress.
  • Always place the child on his or her back to sleep, and keep pillows, blankets and other soft materials away from the child as they sleep to avoid the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
  • When your child is old enough, make sure they know how to get down from the bed safely–by sliding off the bed on their belly–never by jumping off the mattress.

Sometimes, no matter how careful we are, it might happen one day. If that happens, stay calm. Do an immediate check for any injuries and observe your baby very carefully for at least 24 hours after the fall. If your baby acts perfectly normal after a fall, you might be in the clear. If you are worried and want to get the baby checked out, by all means, do so.

In these cases, I also keep Oleia Topical Oil at hand to relieve pain and inflammation fast. This should always be in your first aid kit. It is all natural and very safe to use even in babies. I applied this immediately to my baby after she fell from the bed. It calmed her right away and even gave her a goodnight sleep after.

 

About The Author

Andrea is a full time home maker. When she is not busy taking care of her husband and kids, she goes out giving financial management talks. She is a proud breastfeeding mom for four years running and an avid Oleia Topical Oil user.