Infant massage benefits include bonding with your baby, stimulate brain function, promote development and relaxation, soothing teething and colicky pain.
A Soothing Experience For Your Baby
Infant massage is second only to breastfeeding as the most fulfilling form of nurturing a baby can receive, improves baby sleep patterns and digestion. Baby massage baby helps restless, colicky, tired, and teething infants.
Improving Healthy Organ Development
Baby massage improves the function the heart, liver and brain by stimulating the flow of blood to these vital organs. Furthermore, it strengthens the function of the gastrointestinal and respiratory system.
Bonding With Your Baby
Massaging your baby enhances the emotional bond between you and your child. Infant massage is a nurturing, joyful way to bond with your baby while improving your newborn's responsiveness and overall health.
Baby massage therapy offers the right type of stimulation to promote optimal health and development in your baby.
The ancient art of massaging your newborn baby has been practiced for centuries and by all cultures around the world.
In homeopathic text books, many homeopathic physicians describe how rubbing a premature baby with extra virgin oil of olive would help the child grow strong and gain weight faster. All these findings have been proven to be true by modern medicine.
A premature infant will be more alert, active and responsive.
An irritable baby will be able to calm himself and sleep more deeply.
A growing child will have a greater sense of security, cry less and be happier.
An infant will develop a non verbal communication with the parents.
An ill child will have fewer episodes of apnea (breathing stops briefly).
A premature baby will gain weight faster and leave the hospital sooner.
A colicky child will experience fewer episodes.
You will feel more relaxed because when you massage your baby, will enjoy interacting and caring for him.
You will learn how to understand your baby's needs better, which improves your parenting skills.
You will become more confident in your parenting role, especially if this is your first baby.
You will learn how to interact with your baby on a non-verbal basis and build a great relationship with your baby that will continue into the future.
Using infant massage oil during baby massage soothes your baby within minutes. You can make you soothing infant massage oil at home using only natural ingredients like Almond oil, olive oil and essential oil selected specifically for your baby's needs.
Essential Oil To Carrier Oil Ratio
Essential oils are very powerful and very concentrated when undiluted. When using them for making any massage oil, but especially baby massage oil, they should be diluted using a carrier oil. Never apply u diluted essential oils on your skin or your baby skin.
Infants under one year of age cannot have strong essential oils on their skin or in the environment to inhale has this can cause side effects. Make sue you always dilute your essential oils properly depending on your baby's age.
Baby Massage Oil To Soothe Baby During Massage
This massage oil recipe is great to use when massaging your baby, especially before bedtime. The ingredients in this infant massage oil will help.
15 ml of Oil of olive
15 ml of Grape seed extract
5 ml Wheat germ oil
15 ml Almond oil
Then add the following essential oil. The quantity depends on the age of your baby. Do not use essential oils before your baby is 12 weeks old.
2-4 Drops of Mandarin essential oil
Neroli is known as orange blossom. Neroli essential oil supports blood circulation throughout the body. It is also sedative and antidepressant and treats anxious and nervous babies. It also helps those who have trouble sleeping.
Neroli benefits the digestive system because it has anti-spasmodic properties. It is great for colic babies. Neroli is also great for Mom's stretch marks as it helps prevent scars.
Neroli is very safe and non-toxic.
2-4 Drops of Chamomile essential oil
Chamomile essential oil helps skin healing, has antiseptic properties and soothes the skin. Chamomile essential oil helps your baby relax and stay calm.
I hope you take the time to make this massage oil for your baby, your will love it and your baby will be calmer and happier.
May babies loved been massaged and they were always calm and relaxed afterwards. Regular sessions of massage helps improve digestion, neurological development and bonding. Try to massage your baby every night if you can.
You can use Blissful Baby Aromatic Massage Oil if you do not have the time to make your own. This massage oil should be used after the baby is 12 weeks old.
Before that age do not use essential oils make a basic recipe containing only the carrier oils. This recipe is for babies who have sensitive dry skin with eczema and dermatitis:
The infant massage video below teaches you how to perform infant massage on your baby. Learning how to massage your baby is a great way to have some alone time with your baby to help him fall asleep, soothe colic pain, teething pain, and general fussiness.
Infant Massage Tips
Infant massage is simple to learn and to do. These following tips will help you doing it successful the first time.
You Will Need
A soft mat
Massage your baby when you are relaxed and will not be interrupted.
Make sure your baby is happy, calm and does not have a full stomach (wait half an hour after eating before massaging).
A good time is right after the bath since the baby is already undressed and the room is warm.
Make sure to set up everything ahead of time. This will give you the opportunity to exclusively concentrate on massaging your baby.
Watch this infant massage video as it shows you how to set everything up for baby massage:
Never leave your baby unattended.
1. Put a soft towel over a changing mat or thick baby blanket.
2. Make sure to keep the oil or cream within easy reach.
3. You should also feeling comfortable.
4. Sit on the floor or on the bed, or by put your baby on your lap.
4. Talk to your baby or better sing to him.
5. A soft soothing music may help you and the baby feel more relaxed.
You can do baby massage on baby's changing table or on the floor.
If you sit on the floor, make sure you have a pillow to sit on so that your back is straight.
Prepare yourself by taking a few relaxing breathes.
Babies absorb the tension that is present in their surroundings including the anxiety of parents and caregivers.
Through physical contact, they need to feel and receive a soothing sense of wellness.
Gently close your eyes and clear your mind of household chores or other matters and allow yourself to give full attention baby's massage.
Baby Massage Oils:
If your baby is less than 12 weeks old, natural oils are the best. I like oil of olive because it has great healing properties, almond oil is also great. Avoid fragrances as you do not know if your baby can react to them.
You can add essential oils after your baby is 12 weeks. In this case a nice massage oil for baby is Blissful Baby Aromatic Massage Oil.
Warm a few drops oil in your hands. Do not use massage oil on the head or face.
Do not use commercial baby oil that contains mineral oil and fragrances. If you choose to use a baby oil, I recommend infant massage angel baby oil.
Do a patch test!
If this is the first time you are massaging your baby, a patch test allows you to make sure your baby is not allergic to the oil you choose.
1. Place a little oil on the inside of your baby' wrist or ankle.
2. Leave for 30 minutes up to 24 hours.
Ask for Permission:
Even if your baby cannot give you a verbal consent, ask for permission and the baby will let you know if this is a good time or not.
A newborn may enjoy only two to five minutes of massage, while a child over two months of age might love a more elaborate one.