How to Massage a Baby during winter
Massaging your baby is a wonderful way to bond with your child, to help them relax and to reduce stress levels for the both of you. There are plenty of great benefits of massaging for a baby including soothing, weight gain, promoting digestion, improving blood circulation, easing pains and aches and massaging helps babies cry and fuss far less, sleep better and overcome certain conditions like colic or stomach issues much quicker. But massaging a baby takes quite a bit of skill and it might take a few practice session before you get the right feel for a good massage. Winter time is also quite terrible for massaging since those tiny little love bundles can catch a chill so easy. Here are some great tips to massage your baby during the winter.
Things you will need for a baby massage
Get everything ready before you start. The last thing you want to do is interrupt your massage session to go and look for essentials. You will need the following;
- Baby lotion / oil – Any baby lotion or oil will do but night time oils or lotions are the best.
- Hot towels – Hot towels will keep your little one relaxed and will keep them from stressing and catching a chill. A Towel Warmer Cabinet is a great investment for parents of infants because these handy cabinets will enable you to warm up all of your baby’s towels and clothing so bath time and dressing time will go much smoother.
- Heater – A small heater or air-conditioner to heat the room.
- Baby bath – Massages have the best results after a warm bath.
- Baby bath soap & shampoo – You will also need some bedtime baby soap and shampoo.
- Warm clothing – Warm clothing and a diaper to dress your little one in once the massage is done.
Watch massage tutorial videos
Before you get started, it might be wise to check out some baby massage tutorial videos online. These videos will give you a good idea of how to communicate with baby as you massage and how much pressure to add onto your baby’s body during a massage.
Short instructions for a good but quick baby massage
- Heat up the room so your baby won’t catch a chill during the massage session. A massage can last 10 – 30 minutes depending on your little one’s preference.
- Start with a warm soothing bath inside the heated room. Enjoy splashing, singing and kicking.
- Dry off your baby with a warm towel and lay a fresh warm towel on the bed.
- Pour some lotion or oil on your hands and start your massage
- Start at the feet and use gentle, smooth strokes from baby’s heel to toe.
- Work your way up to long strokes up your baby’s legs from ankle to thigh.
- Give an upper body massage by making gentle strokes from the shoulders inward to the chest.
- Move down your babies arms in a gentle massage.
- Give a tummy massage by moving clockwise in smooth strokes across your baby’s belly.
- Face massages should be done in smooth soft strokes from forehead to cheeks and onward.
Lastly, give a back massage by stroking from head to toe