Massaging your baby
Massaging is different from caressing: your touch must be warm and soft but firm, with stimulating and enveloping pressure. The session can last up to 30 minutes if your baby seems to enjoy it. The baby may, however, seem reluctant the first few times. In that case, stop after a few minutes and try again the next day or a few days later.
You may want to try out the following techniques to massage your baby:
- Start by gently massaging the shoulders, starting with the neck then moving down the arms without forgetting the hands and fingers.
- Then, with a flat hand, massage the chest and stomach by making clockwise circles. Next, place your hand crosswise under the chest and move down gently, then repeat with the other hand. Don’t press down; the weight of your hand is sufficient.
- Hold your baby’s foot with one hand and with the other hand, massage from the calf to the thigh, then toward the hip.
- Cradling the baby’s foot between both hands, gently massage from the nails to the heel. Move back towards the nails and massage them one by one, then gently stretch them upwards all at the same time.
- For the hands, massage the palm with gentle, circular movements then gently stretch each finger.